SURFSIDE, Florida (AP) – Authorities are making progress in identifying victims of buildings that died in Florida collapsed last month. Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said on Sunday that 90 deaths have been confirmed now. Among them are 71 bodies that have been identified.
The next family was advised. About 31 people remain reported missing. Levine Cava also said that relentless research among the debris has resulted in the recovery of more than 14 million pounds of concrete and debris.
An Israeli search and rescue team that arrived in South Florida last month shortly after Champlain Towers South crashed went home Sunday after airing the Surfside.
In a brief ceremony Saturday night, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava thanked the battalion for their “unprecedented dedication” and presented them with an honorary “key to the province”.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Cominsky honored the team as an honorary member of his department.
Members of the task force who have been digging the site 24 hours a day since the June 24 collapse lined up both sides of the street, shook hands and said goodbye to the Israeli team.
Saturday, officers were increased to confirm the death toll to 86, with 43 people still missing from debris in the 12-storey building. While authorities concluded there was “no chance of life” in the remaining debris, continued pressure on search teams to find victims so their families could rest their loved ones.
The Israeli team joined other workforces across the United States to assist teams from Miami and Miami-Dade Counties, on a 12-hour schedule. They dig in intense summer heat in South Florida and in the rain, only to stop when lightning was seen nearby. They also suspended their operations as officials made plans to implode the still portion of the condo tower on July 4th.
The Israeli team used the building plan to create detailed 3D images of the crash site to aid in the search. They also gathered information from the families of the missing, many of them Jews, to construct a room-by-room model where people would sleep during the predawn collapse.
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