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Multiple Canadian Citizens Are Missing Following The Deadly Florida Condo Collapse

The death toll has risen to nine and over 150 people remain unaccounted for.

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Multiple Canadian citizens are among the 156 people still unaccounted for following the deadly Florida condo collapse on Thursday, according to new reports.

Susan Harper, Canada's consul general in Miami, told CBC News that four Canadians from two different households were still missing as of Saturday, June 27.

Describing the situation as "shocking" and "tragic," Harper confirmed that relatives of the Canadian citizens still unaccounted for were travelling to the region to await further information.

Due to privacy rules, she was unable to share additional details about the names or ages of those missing.

These four Canadians are among the 156 people who remain unaccounted for following the unexpected collapse of a 12-story condo tower in the Surfside area of Florida, near Miami.

At the scene, rescuers continue to work around the clock to locate survivors in the rubble.

As of Sunday, the death toll from the collapse had risen to nine people.

What happened?

Of the 136 apartments contained in the building, 55 crumbled and collapsed in the early hours of Thursday morning, as many residents slept.

BBC News reports that the cause of the collapse remains unclear.

A full investigation into what happened is expected to begin as soon as possible, following the ongoing rescue mission.

Speaking on Thursday, Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett described the building as "literally pancaked."

He added, "That is heartbreaking because it doesn't mean to me that we are going to be as successful as we wanted to be in finding people alive."