Under the debris of the partly collapsed apartment building near Miami Beach in Florida, another six bodies were found. The Mayor of Miami-Dade, Daniella Levine Cava, announced that at a press conference. With the previous findings, the death toll now comes to eighteen.
Two of the newly found bodies are children, according to Levine Cava. 145 residents are still missing. Rescue workers still hope to get people alive from under the rubble, even though it hasnt happened since a few hours after the collapse last week.
The collapsed building has now built a ramp that allows rescuers to use heavier machines. They may be able to move large pieces of concrete faster, which, according to the fire department, “could lead to very good news”.
Meanwhile, the weather conditions in the Atlantic are being looked with some care. There may be two tropical storms that could complicate work at the partly collapsed flat next week. The operation has been extra difficult in recent days due to heavy showers. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) monitors whether the sea storms will cause problems.
Due to the risk of bad weather, the authorities in the state of Florida have asked the federal government for additional rescue workers. In the event of an emergency weather, a Virginia team is probably ready to help.
President Joe Biden and his wife Jill are expected to visit the disaster site today. There they will thank rescue workers for their commitment and speak to next of kin of residents of the apartment.