Florida apartment building collapse death toll rises to 95 | Climate News
After the collapse of the Champlain Tower South near Miami on June 24, 14 people remained unaccounted for.
On Tuesday, searchers of a partially collapsed apartment near Miami found another victim. Heavy rain and the challenge of identifying the victim’s remains slowed recovery efforts. The confirmed death toll increased to 95.
“This is a scientific and methodical process of identifying human remains,” said Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County, at a press conference.
“As we said, this work has become more and more difficult over time, and although our team is doing its best to work, it will take time,” she said.
In the early morning of June 24, after the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida, 14 people were still missing.
Officials said the number of missing includes 10 confirmed victims who have not yet been identified.
The Mayor of Miami-Dade also stated on Tuesday that workers had removed 892 trucks of concrete and debris from the site since the search operation began.
According to the “Miami Herald”, on Monday, 9 more victims were confirmed.
According to the newspaper, the 40-year-old model and mother Cassie Stratton called her husband at 1:30 am (05:30 GMT) on June 24 and told him that their apartment was shaking and the swimming pool was located. There is a sinkhole in the place. Just as she was talking, the phone line was broken.
“I will never forget this,” Max Stratton told the Miami Herald. Her body was found on July 10.
Levin Kava added that so far, forensic doctors have identified the remains of 85 of the 95 known victims and have notified their families.
The list of unaccounted persons is compiled based on all reports received from family members, even if they are not sure of their Miss relatives Officials said they were in the building when it collapsed.
Within hours after part of this 12-story waterfront apartment complex, the only known survivor was rescued from the wreckage Collapsed without warning.
Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said that the engineers investigating the cause of the collapse and others have been identifying the key components of the 40-year-old building to determine what happened.
“We are studying how the building fits what the plan says,” he said.
The official has not yet determined the cause, but Evidence of structural decline has already appeared.
An engineer hired by the town of Surfside, a team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and experts hired by lawyers representing family members and others are investigating.
Officials said Monday’s heavy rain flooded the site and its underground garage, forcing searchers to pause while pumping water, thereby slowing the process.