The official death toll of the flat disaster in the U.S. state of Florida has risen to 28, and rescuers have found four bodies in the last day. There are 117 missing people now. The flat collapsed a week and a half ago.
Last weekend, the part of the Miami apartment building that was still standing was checked to prevent it from spontaneously collapsing and endangering emergency services.
According to local authorities, the rescuers can now search for more places that were too dangerous before, such as bedrooms where most victims were sleeping when the building collapsed around two oclock in the morning.
Meanwhile, the approaching tropical storm Elsa threatens to complicate the search for victims, but according to the latest weather forecast, the South Florida area is being spared. Thunderstorms in the area are expected.
The chances of survivors lying under the rubble are rapidly declining. So far only people have been saved in the first hours after the disaster. “We realise that the chance of a miracle is getting smaller every day,” said one of the rescue workers.
So the remaining part of the apartment building was taken down: