The number of deaths recovered after the collapse of an apartment building near the U.S. city of Miami has risen to nine. One of the victims had previously been hospitalized and died of his injuries.
identity of four of the dead has been established. They are two women of 54 and 79 and two men aged 54 and 83.
There are still 150 people missing. The search for victims continues unabated, although the hope of finding survivors is largely gone. The death toll is expected to rise sharply.
Family members live between hope and fear. Some complain that the rescue work doesn‘t go fast enough. The fire in the rubble that made work difficult and caused a lot of smoke has narrowed down.
search is done with service dogs, sonar, drones and infrared scanners, hoping that people will still be found in hollow spaces in the rubble. Body parts found between the debris are attempted to establish identity through DNA research. Members of the waiting families are asked to give up to speed up research.
By Bus Along the Disaster Place
200 relatives of missing people are accommodated in a hotel ballroom near the Champlain Towers South, where they are waiting for news. Some impatient, others left.
Due to the frustration of family members about the progress of the rescue work, buses were arranged to drive them along the disaster site. So far they’ve been kept away from there. At the collapsed building, they were given the opportunity to “dwell on the situation and pray,” as Mayor Levine Cava of Miami-Dade said.
The cause of the collapse is investigated, although the study may take months to come. The building would be refurbished. The cost would be around $9 million, according to the calculations of a technical agency.
In 2018, it was already known that the building was in poor condition. The concrete under the pool was broken and there were cracks in pillars in the parking garage.
Two adjacent apartment buildings have been investigated, but no major flaws have been identified there.