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Death Toll Rises to 28 Following Surfside Collapse

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava reported that 117 people are now unaccounted for.

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One more body was extracted this Monday from the rubble at the site of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside (Miami-Dade), which was totally destroyed on Sunday. With this new death, 28 are the official deaths of the collapse that occurred 12 days ago.

The mayor of Miami-Dade, Daniella Levine Cava, informed that there are now 117 people unaccounted for and 191 located alive after the June 24 collapse.

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The mayor reported that so far there are 28 deaths due to the collapse (Daniella Levine Cava’s Twitter).

Total deaths from the collapse so far

Of the 28 fatalities, 26 have been identified. The latest are the married couple of Ingrid Ainsworth, 66, and Tzvi Ainsworth, 68, who, according to EFE, had lived in Australia for 20 years.

Similarly, the mayor referred to the added difficulties that the rain and lightning were creating for rescuers who resumed their work, interrupted on Sunday by the demolition of the part of the building that did not fall with the collapse.

The county authorities explained that in parallel they are preparing for the arrival of storm Elsa. This would delay the day’s search being carried out at the scene to find those affected.

The demolition was done for safety reasons because there was a risk that the 12-story structure would fall due to the rains and winds of tropical storm Elsa, which is expected to reach the Florida Keys on Tuesday and then move up the west coast of the state to the extreme northwest.

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