Nineteen days after a building collapsed in Florida on June 24, U.S. officials announced Monday, July 12, that the death toll had risen to 94 victims.
Of the remains, 83 have been identified, but this process “Time is getting harder and harder to go by”Miami-Tate County Mayor Daniel Levine Kawa said. If 22 people are missing, “The dead may remain on the missing list until identified”, He explained during a press conference. Identifying bodies “Very systematic and smooth and time consuming”M addedMe Levine Kawa called on families to be patient.
Destruction of ruins
These operations are being carried out at the site of the collapsed building by police and district forensic scientists, who are comparing the DNA from human remains to genetic material taken from the families of the missing.
The Twelve-storey building, The Champlain Towers South, built on the Surface waterfront north of Miami, collapsed partially overnight on June 24. The first elements of the investigation, however, revealed that the structure of the building was found in dilapidated areas.
The remaining building was deemed unstable and underwent a controlled demolition on July 4, allowing teams to advance on excavated areas that had hitherto been inaccessible. Removal of debris “Great Progress”, Daniel Levine assured Kawa on Monday, however, avoiding giving a date for the completion of operations.