News: Recovery efforts continue at condo collapse site with more victims found and identified

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Posted: July 12, 2021

SURFSIDE, FL - The search for victims continued Monday in the rubble of the 12-story Champlain Towers South in Surfside, as the confirmed death toll reached 94.

According to NBC Miami, four additional bodies were recovered overnight with 22 people still listed as missing. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said 83 of the victims have now been identified and their families have been notified.  Three of the youngest victims, ages 5, 6 and 9, were identified on Sunday.

“I want to stress the police and medical examiner teams are continuing around the clock work to identify victims,” Levine Cava said. “However, the process has become more difficult as time goes on. The recovery at this point is yielding human remains.”

As crews continue to work through layers of the wreckage, Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky estimated it could take two to three weeks for the recovery operation to be completed.

A ceremony and walk was held at the site Saturday night to thank the rescue crews for their ongoing efforts, and workers said goodbye to an Israeli search and rescue team that arrived at the site shortly after the collapse to assist in the operation. 

In another development, WPLG quoted Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett as saying that discussions have begun regarding the future of the collapse site, including consultations with relatives of the victims.

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