A member of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue hugs a relative of a victim at the “Surfside Wall of Hope & Memorial” near the site of a building collapse in Surfside, Florida, north of Miami Beach on July 7, 2021.
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The confirmed death toll in the collapsed condominium building in Surfside, Florida, has risen to 86, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a news conference Saturday morning.
Since the collapse of Champlain Towers South in Surfside on June 24, rescue teams have been working to recover the victims from the rubble. Earlier this week, however, officials said the possibility of finding anyone alive was considered “near nil”.
Levine Cava said on Saturday that 211 people have now been registered, 43 of whom may be missing. She said officials can only truly account for a missing person who has died once an identification has been made, and said 62 victims have been identified and 61 reports from next of kin have been made.
A 2018 report showed that the 40-year-old building had problems with watertightness under the pool and cracks in the underground parking. Experts have said the 2010 repeal of a Florida law requiring condominium buildings to schedule for repairs could also be a factor.
Officials this week said Champlain Towers North, the identical sister property to the collapsed condominium building, is also being evaluated.