The number of victims of the collapse of an apartment building in Surfside, Florida, rose to 78 after they found another 14 bodies in the rubble. This was announced on Friday by local officials, the AFP agency informs.
“It’s a staggering and heartbreaking number that touches us all very, very deeply,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Danielle Levin Cava.
Much of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in Surfside, a coastal town of about 6,000 on the northern outskirts of Miami Beach, collapsed on June 24 as residents slept. Since then, they have found no one alive in the rubble.
Of the 78 confirmed victims, 42 have been identified, with 62 still missing. However, investigators are still checking to see if the people on the tenants’ list were really in the building when it collapsed.
Authorities on Wednesday announced the end of the rescue operation, concluding that there was no hope of finding someone in the wreckage who could survive. However, they undertook to continue the search for victims until the remains of all the missing were found.
The causes of the collapse of a part of the apartment complex located near the sea are still being investigated. The report of structural engineers from October 2018, published by the local authorities, talks about serious damage to statics under the pool and about “poorer quality of concrete” in the underground garage. In April this year, residents were told that damage to the 40-year-old building was “accelerating” and repairs were due to begin soon.
Source: Pravda.sk – Správy by spravy.pravda.sk.
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