Former Chilean president's relative is missing after the building collapse, daughter says
From CNNE's Abel Alvarado
The daughter of a Chilean citizen told CNN Chile that she has not been able to communicate with her father since the building collapse in Surfside, Florida.
Pascale Bonnefoy said her father is the first cousin of Michelle Bachelet's father. Bachelet is the former president of Chile, and current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Her father and his wife lived in the section of the building that collapsed, and she has not heard from him since.
The Chilean consulate in Miami offered to support the family during the search. "I contacted the consul, and he offered his help, but since there is no information either, there is not much that can be done," Bonnefoy said.
At least 31 people from six Latin American countries are still unaccounted for since the building collapse.
Structural engineering company that inspected building in 2018 says it 'detailed significant cracks and breaks in the concrete' and gave estimate for 'extensive and necessary repairs'
From CNN's Rosa Flores in Surfside, Florida, and Hollie Silverman in Atlanta
Morabito Consultants, a structural engineering firm, said in a statement issued Saturday afternoon it completed a report in 2018 that "detailed significant cracks and breaks in the concrete" at Champlain Towers South and provided an estimate of costs to "make the extensive and necessary repairs."
Champlain Towers South Condominium Association hired the firm again in June 2020 to prepare a building repair plan for the 40-year recertification, according to the statement.
Morabito Consultants provides only engineering consulting services, not repair or restoration contracting, the statement said.
"We are deeply troubled by this building collapse and are working closely with the investigating authorities to understand why the structure failed. As we do so, we also continue to pray for all those impacted by this tragic event," the firm said in the statement.
Morabito Consultants has nearly four decades of experience providing services for building structures, including high-rises, residential and commercial buildings, as well as educational and health care facilities, according to the statement.