(CNN)At least 99 people were unaccounted for after part of a 12-story residential building in Surfside, Florida, collapsed early Thursday, authorities said.

Search and rescue teams have been feverishly scouring the site near Miami since shortly after 55 of the building’s 136 units fell at about 1:30 a.m. Here’s what we know about the missing. Family of Paraguay’s first ladyThe sister and brother-in-law of Paraguay’s first lady, Silvana López Moreira, live with their three children on the 10th floor of the partially collapsed building, and Paraguay’s ministry of external relations has not been able to locate the family, the ministry told CNN en Español.Read MoreA total of six Paraguayans are unaccounted for, the ministry tweeted. Nine Argentines, including a couple and their daughterArgentines Andrés Galfrascoli, 45, his partner Fabián Nuñez, 55, and their daughter, Sofía Galfrascoli Núñez, 6, are among the missing, according to a friend.The three were on vacation in Florida, staying at the condo of a friend, Nicolás Fernández.Fernández told CNN en Español he spent time with the couple Wednesday night and made plans to meet up Thursday morning. “We don’t know anything, we don’t have any closure and that’s what hurts,” Fernández told CNN.Fernández has looked for his friends in local hospitals with no luck.Nine Argentines were missing as of Thursday afternoon, the country’s consulate in Miami said on Twitter. Venezuelans missingBrian Fincheltub, Venezuela’s consular affairs director, tweeted the consulate has identified four of its citizens who are not accounted for and who were believed to be in the building.Jewish community members missing, rabbi saysSome members from the The Shul of Bal Harbour synagogue are among the 99 people unaccounted for, Rabbi Sholom Lipskar told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.”This is something that transcends our capacity for understanding,” Lipskar said about the collapse. “It’s a reality, we accept it and we have to learn as we do in our culture of resilience to move forward.”The outpouring of support has been unprecedented, Lipskar said.”There are way more volunteers than we can use. Our synagogue big hall, which is a giant space, is filled with blankets, pillows, microwave ovens, chargers, food. It is an extraordinary outpouring and it’s real and it’s sincere,” he said.”The only thing that helps in these times is kindness and empathy and togetherness, because you can’t take away the reality,” Lipskar said. For each family member waiting for news from a loved one, there are about five or six community members with them, giving support. Uruguayan citizens missingThree Uruguayan citizens are among the missing, according to the consulate in Miami. The consulate is in contact with local authorities and with the families of the people missing, said Consul General Eduardo Bouzout.”The relatives are very concerned, of course, because they have not been able to contact them since they have knowledge of this tragic collapse,” said Bouzout in audio shared by the consulate with CNN.

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