January 28, 2023

11 Bodies Recovered, 150 Missing from Wreckage of Miami Building | Voice of America

Two additional bodies were recovered from the wreckage of a 12-story oceanfront apartment building that partially collapsed last week in Surfside, Florida, near Miami Beach, bringing the current death toll to 11. 

About 150 people remain missing, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced Monday. 

A section of the building containing about 55 apartments collapsed in the predawn hours last Thursday. 

Levine Cava announced the latest body count during a media briefing near the scene of the collapse. Rescue officials say the body was recovered as search crews removed rubble in what they called a delayering process to search for remains or possible survivors. The mayor stressed the numbers are “very fluid” and expected to change. 

Asked why the process is going so slowly, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Ray Jadallah said searching the wreckage is not simply a matter of moving large slabs of material but of going through pulverized concrete. He said much of the search is conducted by hand, and every time material is moved, other material falls into its place. 

Jadallah said the process is also dangerous, saying a search and rescue worker Sunday tumbled 7 meters into an opening in the rubble. The crews have now been on the scene for more than 100 consecutive hours. 

The mayor said the pace of the search process is the main question she gets from families of the missing. She said family members and loved ones have been brought to the scene to observe the process. Workers continued to use rescue dogs and sonar to find possible survivors who were living in the south building of the Champlain Towers condominium complex. 

Published reports have indicated that there had been warnings regarding the structural integrity of the building long before the collapse. Local, state and federal officials at the news briefing all promised a thorough investigation into the cause of the structural failure of the building. 

The Associated Press, and the Reuters news service contributed to this report.
 

in U.S.
Related Posts

Hollywood Actors Say Local Theaters in California Under Threat

May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021

Some veteran Hollywood actors say a law intended to help gig economy workers has the unintended consequence of threatening nonprofit...

Pew: US Seen More Favorably Than China Among Advanced Economies | Voice of America

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

A recent Pew Research survey among 17 advanced economies shows the global opinion of the United States has improved, while...

Hundreds Believed Dead in US, Canada Heat Wave | Voice of America

July 2, 2021

July 2, 2021

SALEM, ORE. – Many of the dead were found alone, in homes without air conditioning or fans. Some were elderly...

Ageless Wonder Mickelson Wins PGA to Be Oldest Major Champ | Voice of America

May 24, 2021

May 24, 2021

KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA – Phil Mickelson has delivered so many thrills and spills over 30 years of pure theater...

US Catholic Bishops OK Steps Toward Possible Rebuke of Biden  | Voice of America

June 19, 2021

June 19, 2021

U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians,...

DOJ Announces Plan to Target Illegal Firearms | Voice of America

June 22, 2021

June 22, 2021

The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it is creating five “strike forces” to combat illegal gun trafficking in...

American Jailed for Betraying Military Sources in Iraq | Voice of America

June 24, 2021

June 24, 2021

A Pentagon translator was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for passing the names of U.S. informants in Iraq...

Biden, Western Governors to Discuss Wildfire Response | Voice of America

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

U.S. President Joe Biden is holding talks Wednesday with a group of governors from eight Western states about wildfire preparedness...

Rep. Greene Apologizes for Comparing Safety Masks, Holocaust | Voice of America

June 15, 2021

June 15, 2021

WASHINGTON – Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized Monday for affronting people with recent comments comparing the required wearing of safety...

Judge Temporarily Blocks New York Times From Publishing Project Veritas Materials 

November 19, 2021

November 19, 2021

NEW YORK —  A New York trial judge on Thursday temporarily blocked The New York Times from publishing some materials...

Britney Spears Tells Judge: ‘I Want My Life Back’ | Voice of America

June 24, 2021

June 24, 2021

LOS ANGELES – After 13 years of near silence in the conservatorship that controls her life and money, Britney Spears...

US Sends Pakistan Health Supplies to Combat COVID-19 | Voice of America

June 5, 2021

June 5, 2021

ISLAMABAD – The United States mobilized an airlift of critical health supplies that arrived in Pakistan Saturday to help the...

G-20 Ministers in Italy to Discuss Coronavirus, Climate Change, Africa Development | Voice of America

June 29, 2021

June 29, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic, climate change and food security are on the agenda Tuesday as foreign ministers from the G-20 group of...

Texas Legislature Advances Voting Restrictions | Voice of America

May 30, 2021

May 30, 2021

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Majority Republicans in the Texas Senate on Sunday approved one of the most restrictive new voting laws...

US Formally Ends Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Migrant Policy | Voice of America

June 2, 2021

June 2, 2021

WASHINGTON – The United States has formally ended the Trump-era “remain in Mexico” policy, which forced tens of thousands of...