Officials reported Tuesday that the death toll at the site of a collapsed condo building in Miami has climbed again, as teams sorted through the rubble with Tropical Storm Elsa nearby.
Officials stated during a press conference Tuesday that eight more deaths had been recovered, bringing the total to 36 individuals killed since the June 24 collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside, approximately 3 miles north of Miami Beach.
According to Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, 26 of the fatalities have been identified. She also stated that 70 of the missing people were undoubtedly inside the building when it fell.
“We know waiting for news is unbearable,” Cava said during an evening news conference.
Miami-Dade police identified three victims recovered Monday as Nancy Kress Levin, 76, Jay Kleiman, 52, and Francis Fernandez, 67.
Cava said that 109 people are reported as unaccounted for and 191 residents of the building have been accounted for.
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“Detectives are conducting ongoing and very thorough reviews of these names and reports,” Cava said at a morning news conference. “Many were originally submitted incomplete. So, we may have a name without an apartment number or date of birth or other details.”
Cava encouraged family members to come forward with any information about those who are still missing.
Officials also expressed some concern about Tropical Storm Elsa, which approached Florida’s western coast Tuesday evening. Crews were forced to stop the search briefly after midnight Monday and again for about 2 hours on Tuesday afternoon due to lightning, they said.
Strong gusts from the hurricane, according to Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett, hampered the operation of big cranes clearing heavy debris.
According to officials, 124 tonnes of concrete have been moved so far at the site, and 5 million pounds of concrete have been carried away.
Burkett stated that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis requested him to assist in managing donation efforts to family in order to “make sure no one falls through the cracks.”
Fears that Elsa might force the rest of the Champlain Towers South building to collapse prompted a controlled demolition on Sunday night.
Cava stated that the Royal Caribbean cruise line has sent a ship to the scene so that first responders may relax in between shifts.