The death toll from the condominium tower collapse in Miami rose dramatically on Wednesday, with ten additional people killed, the greatest rise so far.
Since the building partially collapsed on June 24, a squad of more than 200 rescuers has been working almost nonstop to discover fatalities and survivors.
Officials detailed the higher death toll during an update Wednesday morning, which is now at 46. Another 94 are believed missing in the debris of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Fla., with crews saying they are seeing no signs of survivors.
“Unfortunately, we’re not seeing anything positive that continues in that sense — void space, livable spaces — you know, we’re not coming across that,” Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Cominsky said, according to WPLG-TV.
Crews have been searching for survivors in the wreckage all week, despite the danger of Tropical Storm Elsa, which skirted South Florida and made landfall on the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday.
Strong wind gusts and rolling thunderstorms from Elsa’s outer bands, still, have affected the search. Crews have had to pause their work several times due to lightning.
Strong winds, according to Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett, have hampered big cranes that have been lifting heavy concrete at the site. According to officials, more than 120 tonnes have been transported thus far.