United States: death toll rises to nine after building collapse in Florida

Israeli and Mexican rescuers arrived as reinforcements on Sunday to help US rescuers locate survivors.

The death toll from the collapse of a building near Miami , which occurred Thursday in Florida (United States), rose to at least nine dead on Sunday, June 27. Helpers continue to search night and day for more than 150 people still missing. Israeli and Mexican rescuers have arrived to reinforce American rescuers but, more than 80 hours after the disaster, the hope of finding survivors is gradually declining.

A trench “crucial to further research” has been dug in the ruins, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a press conference on Sunday. It now reaches a length of 38 meters, six meters wide and 12 meters deep, she said. With this strategy, “we were able to find four more bodies in the rubble, as well as additional human remains ,” said the mayor.

“Major structural damage”

On Thursday before dawn, the twelve floors of this ocean-facing complex, named Champlain Towers, collapsed. The tragedy affected around 55 apartments. The questions about the origin of this tragedy are becoming more and more pressing. A resident of the building has already launched a collective action, according to NBC, in order to obtain compensation for the victims.

Several old expert reports on the building have resurfaced, including one from 2018, which noted “major structural damage”  as well as “cracks” in the concrete columns of the building’s basement, according to documents. published Friday night by the Town of Surfside. The expert author of this study then recommended work “in the near future” , without however mentioning the risk of collapse.

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