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Mayor: Surfside death toll rises to 9

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A couple embrace as they wait for news of survivors from a condominium that collapsed, Thursday, June 24, 2021 in Surfside, Fla. Dozens of survivors were pulled out, and rescuers continue to look for more. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava confirms that the death toll from the Surfside condo collapse has risen to 9.
One victim passed away at the hospital from injuries sustained in the collapse, and 8 bodies have been pulled from the rubble, according to Mayor Cava.
Mayor Cava said Sunday they have also found additional human remains as rescue efforts continue around the clock. At least 152 people are still unaccounted for as the search for survivors is now in its fourth day. The 12-story building on the town of Surfside’s coast collapsed early Thursday morning.
Mayor Cava confirmed that the deep smoldering fires have been extinguished making search and rescue easier for first responders. Also, Governor Ron DeSantis stated that FEMA is on the scene offering much-needed financial help to residents.

Voluntary evacuations have been issued for surrounding buildings, especially the sister building of the Champlain Towers South, for fear they are not structurally sound and the mayor said the city is providing support to those residents.
She says, however, the building inspector did not find any cause for concern with the twin building which was built in the same year, 1981, and under the same specifications as the collapsed tower.
Levine Cava calls the county’s building code strong and says it has a very high standard.