the death toll rises to 90 dead, still 31 missing

The death toll from the collapse of a building on June 24 in Florida rose again this Sunday, rising to 90 victims. Of the remains, 71 have been identified, and 31 people who may have been in the Surfside apartment building when it collapsed are still missing, the county mayor said at a press conference. from Miami-Dade, Daniella Levine Cava, on the 18th day of research.

More than 6,000 tonnes of concrete and other rubble were also removed from the site. “We are about to access the cars in the underground garage,” said Miami-Dade fire chief Alan Cominsky, who could not give a forecast for the end of operations. “It’s methodical work for the teams doing the research by hand. It’s a slow process,” he said. The IDF rescue team, which was participating in the search in the town of Surfside where a large Jewish community lives, is expected to leave the site on Sunday.

A still unexplained collapse

The Champlain Towers South, a 12-storey building built on the waterfront, partially collapsed overnight on June 24, in a still largely unexplained way even though the first elements of the investigation revealed that the structure of the building seemed degraded in places. The rest of the building, with the instability considered dangerous, was the subject of a controlled demolition Sunday evening, which allowed the teams to progress in areas of excavations until then inaccessible.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said on Sunday that the first checks on the strength of the Champlain Towers North building, built by the same developer, at the same time and with the same materials, were positive. “The first results show that the strength of the concrete is very good, at the same level or at a higher level than it should be,” he explained.

After the disaster, this second building had not been evacuated but the residents who wished had been relocated at the expense of the city, the time of the inspections.

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