Death Toll in Florida Building Collapse Rises to 22, 126 People Still Missing
REUTERS / MARCO BELLOUS00:32 GMT 03.07.2021(updated 00:35 GMT 03.07.2021) Get short URL120Subscribe International

On 1 July, US President Joe Biden expanded federal government emergency assistance to the state of Florida to finance increased protective measures following the Surfside building collapse, in which more than 160 people are believed to have lost their lives.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The death toll in the Surfside, Florida, condominium building collapse increased to 22 after two additional bodies were recovered from the rubble, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told reporters.

Cava noted that 126 people are still unaccounted for.

The mayor said she signed an emergency order authorizing the demolition of the remainder of the 12-story building that is still standing due to safety concerns, but engineers are still evaluating the best timeline to begin demolition and a decision is expected in the coming weeks.

Cava underscored that emergency crews will not take any action that would jeopardize ongoing search and rescue operations.



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