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 live people 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.
Half of the 270-apartment luxury building suddenly collapsed
On June 24, half of the luxury condo building called “Champlain”, consisting of 13 floors and 270 apartments, collapsed abruptly on the Surfside campus, north of Miami Beach, with a population of approximately 5,600.
Surfside district officials, in correspondence with the building management in 2018, noted that the 1981-built building had major structural damage, and reported 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.
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