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While the official death toll is 54 dead and 86 missing, relief efforts on Wednesday ended their search for survivors in the collapsed building in Surfside, Florida. They will now collect the corpses from the rubble.
After two weeks of efforts, the emergency services decided to put an end to the search for survivors in the building that collapsed on June 24 in Florida, announced Wednesday July 7 the mayor of Miami-Dade County where he was produced the disaster which left 54 dead, according to a latest report.
“It is with deep and deep sadness that I announce to you this afternoon that we have made the extremely difficult decision to move from the rescue and search phase to that of collecting (corpses),” said Daniella Levine Cava, specifying that 86 people were still missing.
A round-the-clock search over the past two weeks of the rubble of what was once a 12-story building on the waterfront in the town of Surfside, has not found any survivors other than a teenager on the very day of the collapse.
Mexican and Israeli rescuers participated alongside American rescuers in these rescue operations in the rubble of the building. Most of the latter, called Champlain Towers South, collapsed in a still largely unexplained way, even if the building’s structure 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.
The site was swept away Tuesday by winds and rain carried by Tropical Storm Elsa, which made landfall on the west coast of Florida on Wednesday.