© Reuters. Search and rescue personnel work at the site of a collapsed Florida condo complex in Surfside, Miami, USA, in this July 2, 2021 photo. MIAMI DADE FIRE DEPARTMENT / Handout via REUTERS
By Francisco Alvarado
SURFSIDE, Fla. (Reuters) – Demolition of the remnants of the partially collapsed condo complex near Miami Beach could occur as early as Sunday, authorities said, in an effort to tear down the unsafe structure ahead of the storm. tropical Elsa in Florida.
Two more people were found dead Saturday in the rubble of the 12-story Champlain Towers South towers in the Surfside community, officials said at a news conference, bringing the total to 24 dead and 124 missing who were feared dead. according to search and rescue operations. continue for more than a week.
Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Cominsky told reporters that the demolition of what was left of the towers had to be done as soon as possible because Elsa is expected to arrive in South Florida on Monday. “We would have no control of where it lands,” he said.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said the families of the victims have been informed of the decision and “understand.”
Concerns that the remaining section of the apartment complex was dangerously unstable halted search and rescue efforts at the site for much of Thursday.
No survivors have been brought alive from the ruins since the first hours after the tower partially collapsed in on itself in early June 24.
Researchers have not determined what caused the 40-year-old complex to collapse. A 2018 engineering report found structural deficiencies that are now the focus of investigations including a grand jury examination.
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