Death toll from the collapse in Miami reaches 22. Since the accident, 188 people have been located alive.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava confirmed Friday that two more bodies have been pulled from the rubble of the partially collapsed building in Surfside, bringing the death toll to 22 . With the two bodies found this Friday, the number of missing is 126 .
The mayor also announced that she has authorized the demolition of the part of the Champlain Towers South building that remained standing , after the northeast wing, with 55 apartments, collapsed on June 24 for reasons not yet determined.. Speaking to CNN, he said the demolition will not take place prior to the possible arrival of Hurricane Elsa in Miami-Dade early next week.
“This afternoon I signed an emergency order authorizing the demolition, when the engineers also sign the next steps for the process,” the mayor said. The signing of the order is intended to help move forward faster when the precise time comes for demolition, which is a process that must be done very carefully. Levine Cava also said that Hurricane Elsa, which is sweeping through the eastern Caribbean, may force a halt to search and rescue operations at Champlain Towers South, part of which collapsed on June 24 from causes yet to be determined. However, he said it is still “early”
Between last night and this afternoon, rescuers have recovered four bodies from the rubble, one of them the 7-year-old daughter of a Miami firefighter who was helping those involved in rescue efforts. Miami Mayor Francis Suárez assured that all the city’s Fire Department forces are in mourning. “We ask that you pray for our relatives and that they respect the duel of this firefighter,” Suárez asked.
To date, 188 people in the damaged building have been found alive after the disaster, the mayor said in the latest official report on Friday.