Tuesday, July 6th, 2021
“Full Rescue Mode” in Miami
Another body found in the ruined residential building
After the house in Florida, which partially collapsed, was blown up, a body was discovered in the rubble. This increases the number of victims to 28. 117 people are still missing. The ruin urgently needs to be demolished because tropical storm “Elsa” is approaching.
Another fatality was discovered during salvage work in the collapsed Florida home. This increased the number of deaths on Monday (local time) to 28, as the authorities announced. 117 other people are still missing. The search work started again on Monday after the remaining part of the house had been demolished before the arrival of the tropical storm “Elsa”.
A week and a half after the building collapsed in the town of Surfside near Miami Beach, there is little hope of finding survivors in the rubble. The teams are still “in full rescue mode,” said Miami-Dade district administration chief Daniella Levine Cava. She added that millions of dollars in donations had already been raised to be distributed to the affected families.
Building remains threatened with collapse by storm
The authorities had stopped work on the site of the accident over the weekend and concentrated on the demolition work. The demolition was urgent because the tropical storm “Elsa” should reach Florida on Tuesday. The storm also threatened the remaining remains of the building with collapse. This in turn posed a threat to the rescue teams, as Levine Cava explained.
Contrary to what was previously expected, “Elsa” will probably only roam the southwest coast of Florida. Levine Cava told CNN that the authorities are “very hopeful” that they will not have to interrupt search and rescue operations given the current path of the storm.
Cause of the collapse still unknown
The twelve-story residential building Champlain Towers South had partially collapsed on the night of June 24th. The exact cause of the accident is still unknown. In 2018, however, an appraisal had found “major structural damage” to the building, which was completed in 1981.
“Elsa” meanwhile moved across the Caribbean in the direction of the Florida Keys, as announced by the US National Hurricane Center. In Cuba, the storm on Monday caused torrential rain and strong gusts of wind, but did not leave any major damage. 100,000 residents were asked to leave their homes. Cuba’s meteorological institute Insmet reported wind gusts of up to 100 kilometers per hour. “Elsa” killed at least three people in the Caribbean.