Search in Florida Collapse to Take Weeks; Deaths Reach 90

Businessman walking through storm toward city

“We’re doing everything that we can — everything possible — until we feel that we’ve delayered every floor," the fire chief said.

July 25, 2021
The Associated Press (Freida Frisaro & Bobby Caina Calvan) - Bloomberg

Authorities searching for victims of a deadly collapse in Florida said Sunday they hope to conclude their painstaking work in the coming weeks as a team of first responders from Israel departed the site.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said 90 deaths have now been confirmed in last month's collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in Surfside, up from 86 a day before. Among them are 71 bodies that have been identified, and their families have been notified, she said. Some 31 people remain listed as missing.

The Miami-Dade Police Department said three young children were among those recently identified.

Crews continued to search the remaining pile of rubble, peeling layer after layer of debris in search of bodies. The unrelenting search has resulted in the recovery of over 14 million pounds (about 6.4 million kilograms) of concrete and debris, Levine Cava said.



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