Death Toll Rises to 90 in Surfside Miami Dade Condo Collapse
The death toll in the collapse of Miami area apartment building has risen to 90 on Sunday after workers extracted more bodies from the ruins and continued their grim search for human remains in the building's wreckage. Another 31 people were still potentially unaccounted for and feared dead in the concrete and steel rubble of the 12-storey oceanfront building in Surfside in Miami-Dade County. The number of missing could change as it remains possible that not all were in the building when it abruptly crumbled to the ground in the early morning hours of June 24.
Crews working around the clock for 16 days have cut the size of the debris pile from four or five storeys to nearly ground level, with some at below-ground level. The pace at which crews were finding the dead has accelerated since teams demolished a still-standing section of the building at the weekend, allowing greater access inside the ruins and more use of heavy equipment.
With no survivors rescued from the ruins since the first few hours after the collapse, officials last week declared that their search effort had switched from rescue to recovery.
Investigators have not determined what caused part of the 40-year-old Champlain Towers South to fall apart without warning. Attention has been focused on a 2018 engineering report that warned of structural deficiencies.