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Death toll rises after 10 more bodies are recovered

Search and rescue personnel work at the site of a collapsed Florida condominium complex in Surfside, Miami, in this document image from July 2, 2021.

Miami Dade Fire Department | via Reuters

Ten more bodies were found at the site of a Florida condominium collapse, bringing the death toll to 46, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a conference press release Wednesday morning.

Ninety-four people are still missing for nearly two weeks after the Champlain South Towers collapsed, Levine Cava added.

“As the scale of this disaster continues to grow every day since the collapse, the community and the world mourn,” said Levine Cava.

Search and rescue teams were able to reach areas of the pile that were inaccessible before the building was demolished on Sunday evening, without any first responders being injured despite the harsh conditions at the site, Levine Cava said.

Weather conditions improved, allowing rescue teams to continue their search efforts despite initial fears they would have to temporarily suspend work on Wednesday, Levine Cava said. Forecasters downgraded Elsa from hurricane to tropical storm on Wednesday after her made landfall along the northern Gulf Coast of Florida.

The Emergency Management Division received 42 resource requests from citizens affected by Tropical Storm Elsa, more than 26,000 of whom suffered power outages, according to Florida Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez.

More than 10,000 people are ready to respond to these blackouts and provide resources such as water, food and generators, added Nuñez.

The cause of the collapse of the condominium is still unknown.

Recent evidence reveals that the 40-year-old building had shown signs of structural damage from 2018, with waterproofing problems under the pool and cracks in the underground car park.

This is a developing story. Please check for updates.

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