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Families, friends and community members continue to pray and hope that they'll locate missing loved ones in the wake of a Florida building collapse that left at least nine people dead and 152 people missing.

READ ALSO: 20 BIBLE VERSES ABOUT STRENGTH: GOD’S WORD ON FAITH IN HARD TIMES

The tragic event — the cause of which is still under investigation — unfolded on Thursday morning when the Champlain Towers South condo building partially collapsed. Get updates here.

Tragically, some are running out of hope that rescuers will find additional survivors as time progresses and recovery enters its fifth day. The New York Times has more on the current situation:

Rescuers at the site of a collapsed building in Surfside, Fla., recovered more bodies and intensified efforts, including digging an enormous trench, as they run out of time to find survivors four days after the disaster.

The death toll climbed to nine on Sunday as additional bodies and remains were found at Champlain Towers South, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County said at a news conference.

READ ALSO: 38 POWERFUL BIBLE VERSES FOR OVERCOMING LIFE’S STRUGGLES

Please continue to pray for the family members, loved ones and friends of the afflicted. We'll leave you with some powerful scriptures about keeping faith in hard times. Ponder these as you pray for victims and families:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 (NIV)

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” –John 1:5 (NIV)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” – Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)

Looking for more hope? Read these 38 Bible verses that can help bring you peace. And be sure to sign up for our Pure Flix Insider weekly email for more entertainment and news stories.

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