The death toll in the building collapse in Surfside, Florida rose to nine as rescue and recovery efforts continued on Sunday amid the rubble of Champlain Towers South.
The big picture: Four other bodies were found on Sunday along with “additional human remains,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told a press conference. Levine Cava stressed in a briefing later Sunday, confirming that 152 people were still missing that the tally was “fluid and subject to change.”
- Levine Cava said rescuers were still looking for survivors of the collapse, which occurred around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. Thursday. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett has arranged for loved ones to gather closer to the rubble to pray and mourn, according to the Miami Herald.
- Dozens of family members arrived at the scene in buses escorted by police. Some families fear the planned visit could slow search and rescue efforts, according to the New York Times.
Identified victims: Four victims identified between Friday and Saturday evening are Anthony Lozano, 83, and Gladys Lozano, 79; Manuel LaFont, 54 years old; and Stacie Fang, 54, according to the Miami Herald.
To note : Those responsible are engaged in “very frank conversations” with their loved ones about the possibility that no other survivors will be found, Levine Cava said.
- “The firefighters and others who have informed them are very direct on the situation, which we continue to search,” said the mayor.
- “We continue to hope to find people, but they are certainly aware that we are finding remains and even that we are finding body parts, so they are preparing for it,” Levine Cava told the Herald.
- More than $ 1.2 million has been donated for loved ones of those affected by the collapse, Levine Cava confirmed in a report Sunday afternoon.
The state of play: The city of Miami Beach declared a state of emergency on Sunday, noting: “An important part of the staging of emergency response efforts is taking place in Miami Beach.”
- Champlain Towers North, the twin condo, will not be evacuated after building inspectors agree its structure is sound, a member of the Condo board of directors told The Times on Sunday.
- FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell said on Sunday that representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers had arrived to provide technical assistance.
- Debris from the wreckage will be moved to a warehouse for analysis, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) said at a press conference on Sunday.
- “The debris that comes out has forensic value, so it’s going to be analyzed,” DeSantis added.
What they say : President Biden said in a statement that his administration continued to “coordinate closely with officials on the ground throughout this terrible ordeal and my administration stands ready to provide any support or assistance necessary.”
- FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell gave her first-hand testimony on a call from her meetings with local officials during her visit to Surfside on Sunday, he said, noting “she reiterated that words cannot describe the scene on the ground “.
- “I am grateful to the heroic first responders, search and rescue teams, and all FEMA, state, county, local and volunteer staff who work tirelessly to try to save lives and for those who stand. are dedicated to helping survivors with needs, including temporary housing, ”he added.
- “It is an incredibly difficult time for the families who are going through this tragedy.”
Editor’s note: This article has been updated with more details on the latest developments, including the number of people still missing.