Search teams in the collapsed building in Miami-Dade, southeastern Florida (USA), they found four other bodies among the rubble in the last hours, bringing the provisional death toll to 64 15 days after the crash occurred.
At an evening press conference this Thursday, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava reported that so far there are 76 people missing due to the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South building, in the town of Surfside, while residents There are 200 located. Likewise, the councilor indicated that the number of fatalities identified amounted to 40, and that 39 notifications have been made to close relatives. “Giving these numbers to the world will never be easy. Today we brought families who lost loved ones to the site of the collapse and held a moment of silence with rescuers,” said Levine Cava.
While the body recovery work continues this Thursday, the mayor emphasized that all the bodies found in the rubble are treated with absolute care and compassion. The most recently identified body is that of Gary Cohen, 58, found this Wednesday, according to Miami-Dade Police.
Former Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade today visited the Surfside memorial on a street near the collapse where, next to a fence, flowers, photographs, names and apartment numbers of the victims are deposited daily. Wade then thanked the responders for their dedication and dedication and spoke with a team of body search and recovery personnel before starting his shift.
In a press conference in the morning, the mayor recalled that the work teams made the “painful” transition from a “search and rescue” operation to a “search and recovery” operation on Wednesday, given that specialists find it impossible to find people alive among the mountain of rubble.
The demolition last weekend of what was left standing of the residential building, located on the beachfront, has given a new rhythm to the search operation, since now rescuers have access to the entire site where the site was located. building of more than 130 units.
The partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South, which occurred in the early hours of June 24, has led to several lawsuits against the condominium association. State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle reported Wednesday that a Miami-Dade grand jury agreed to investigate security at the buildings. He noted that the grand jury will issue “recommendations to prevent this disaster from happening again, not just in Surfside, and not just in condominiums, but in all buildings and structures in the coastal, intercoastal, and surrounding areas” of the county, state, and the nation.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.