Search teams in the damaged residential building in Surfside, South Florida (USA), rescued another 7 bodies , bringing the provisional death toll from the collapse to 86 .
“ This is an amazing and heartbreaking number that affects us all very, very deeply. The magnitude of this tragedy grows day by day, ”said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava at a press conference this Saturday.
The councilor added that the number of missing persons due to the collapse today stands at 43, while the number of people located rose to 211 , in view of the work of the detectives who participate in this operation and that has allowed to update the list of who resided in the 12-story building.
In what was the only press conference of the day regarding this accident, which occurred in the early morning of June 24, the mayor indicated that the number of identified fatalities rose to 62 , with 61 notifications to families who have lost to any member in this tragic event.
He added that the work of the Miami-Dade medical examiner’s office has increased as a result of this tragedy and, in light of this, the coroner from neighboring Broward County has joined the tasks.
More than 13 million pounds of concrete and rubble (about 6 million kilos) have been removed from the place where the Champlain Towers South condominium had been erected since 1981, with the help of about 60 trucks that work on the site every day. , reported the authorities.
At least two other members of the search teams have had to be hospitalized, one for a “cardiac incident” and the other for a laceration .
They are joined by a Miami-Dade police officer , who had to undergo surgery after his foot was run over by a truck days ago.
Among the latest victims identified by the Miami-Dade Police are relatives of the first lady of Paraguay, Silvana López-Moreira . They are Sophía López-Moreira , sister of the first lady; her husband, Luis Pettengill , both 36 years old, and Luis López Moreira III , 3 years old and one of the three children of the marriage.
Likewise, on Friday the body of Leidy Luna Villalba , the 23-year-old girl who traveled with the family to work as a nanny , was identified .
The president of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez , arrived in South Florida on Friday where he will remain until July 13, “for particular reasons related to the events that occurred in the city of Miami,” as he explained in a letter sent to the Supreme Court. of Justice of that country.
They have also been identified Benny Weisz , 31 years old; Angela Velasquez , 60, and Ilan Naybrif , 21, according to the latest Miami-Dade police report.
The causes of the collapse of the residential building are under investigation and a legal battle seeking compensation for damages has already begun from some of the residents in Champlain Towers South.
As revealed by documents in Surfside Mayor’s records, the now-missing building had structural problems that were detected in 2018 by an engineering firm and the community had been late in making the costly recommended repairs.
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