In the Surfside region of Miami, Florida, USA, the number of dead bodies found in the debris of a 13-storey building, half of which collapsed on June 24, increased to 54 during the search and rescue efforts.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced at the press conference that the bodies of 8 more people were found during the ongoing work on the building’s debris.
Cava stated that 33 of the 54 people found have been identified and 86 people are still missing.
While the search and rescue efforts are completing their 14th day, Cava stated that there is no possibility of finding a living person from the wreckage after that, so they will change the work in this direction.
“At this point we’ve really exhausted all the options available to us in search and rescue efforts. We all asked God for a miracle.” Cava said, although it was difficult, it was decided to switch to search and debris removal work instead of search and rescue.
On June 24, half of the luxury condo building called “Champlain”, consisting of 13 floors and 270 apartments, in the Surfside campus with a population of approximately 5,600, north of Miami Beach, suddenly collapsed.
Surfside district officials, in correspondence with the building management in 2018, noted that there was major structural damage to the 1981 building, and stated that approximately $9 million in repairs was required for the cracked columns and crumbling concrete.
Due to the tropical cyclone Elsa approaching Florida, the remaining southern part of the building was demolished in a controlled manner on July 4 at 10:30 local time, on the grounds that the building was not safe.