Death toll from collapsed US building rises to 64

Posted by News Express | 9 July 2021 | 212 times

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•Team of rescue workers are seen during a rescue operation of the Champlain Tower in Surfside, Flo



Four more victims were recovered from the site of a partially collapsed condominium building in Florida, bringing the number of confirmed fatalities to 64, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Thursday. 

A total of 200 people are accounted for and 76 remain potentially unaccounted for two weeks after the partial collapse of the Miami Beach-area condo in Surfside.

The mayor earlier announced that search and rescue efforts had switched to a recovery operation which officially began at midnight.

"Our top priority since day one was to do everything possible in the search of survivors," she said. "To share this news with the families who are still missing their loved ones was devastating."

A controlled demolition brought down the other half of the building on Sunday, and that has freed searchers to find more bodies daily.

There was only one person pulled alive from the rubble, in the hours right after the collapse.

Investigators continue to look at structural flaws as a possible cause. (Anadolu Agency)

Source: News Express

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