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Death toll rises to 12 in Surfside collapse

Rescue personnel work at the remains of the Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, Fla., on Friday, June 25, 2021. The seaside tower collapsed on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

According to officials, the death toll in the Surfside condominium collapse is now at 12.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said there are now 149 people still missing.

The mayor said there is an audit of the list of missing people, which is being updated. The Family Assistance Center has been expanded with three psychotherapists and 20 different organizations providing support.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said they are asking the federal government for an additional urban search and rescue team to help at the site.

Guthrie said he and Gov. Ron DeSantis met with FEMA representatives to discuss additional ways to help with rescue and recovery efforts.

Guthrie said the best way for the public to help those affected is through a cash donation. If you wish to help, you can do so at either SupportSurfside.org or NeighborsForNeighbors.

Volunteers can sign up to help families by visiting VolunteerMiami or VolunteerFlorida.

The deceased have been identified as:

  • Marcus Joseph Guara, 52
  • Frank Kleiman, 55
  • Michael David Altman, 50
  • Leon Oliwkowicz, 80
  • Luis Bermudez, 26
  • Anna Ortiz, 46
  • Christina Beatriz Elvira, 74
  • Stacie Dawn Fang, 54
  • Antonio Lozano, 83
  • Gladys Lozano, 79
  • Manuel LaFont, 54

The White House said President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will travel to Surfside on Thursday to tour the damage at the Champlain Towers South condominium building, spend time with the families of the victims and missing, and meet with first responders.