Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced at a press conference that the bodies of 6 more people were found in the wreckage of the building, bringing the total number of dead to 60.
Noting that 80 people are still missing, Cava said, “We are working day and night to remove the victims from the rubble and to end this tragedy as quickly as possible for the families.” he said.
No one has been pulled alive from the rubble since June 24, when the building collapsed.
The authorities announced yesterday, on the 14th day of the search and rescue efforts, that the possibility of finding live people from the wreckage is no longer possible, and that they will concentrate on finding missing persons and removing the wreckage from now on.
On the other hand, it was stated that a grand jury investigation was launched regarding the collapse of the building, and it was shared that at least 6 lawsuits have been filed against the owners of Champlain Towers by the families in the building.
Half of the 270-apartment luxury building suddenly collapsed
On June 24, half of the luxury condo building called “Champlain Towers”, which consists of 13 floors and 270 apartments, suddenly collapsed 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.
On the grounds that the building in question was not safe, the remaining southern part was demolished on July 4 at 22:30 local time.
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