Florida Building Collapse Toll Rises To 46

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Updated July 7, 2021
Search and rescue personnel with a K9 unit work in the rubble of a 12-story residential tower that partially collapsed on June 24, 2021 in Surfside, Florida. It is unknown at this time how many people were injured as search-and-rescue effort continues with rescue crews from across Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by JOE RAEDLE / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)



The death toll from the collapse of an apartment building in Florida outside Miami has risen to 46 after 10 more bodies were extracted from the rubble, as the number of people still unaccounted for dropped to 94, officials said Wednesday.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said emergency personnel had been able to reach new areas in the pile of debris as a result of the demolition of Champlain Towers South in a controlled explosion over the weekend.

She told reporters that those efforts had brought “the total confirmed deaths to 46. Thirty-two of these victims have been identified and next of kin notifications have been made.”

“At this time, 200 people are now accounted for and 94 people are still unaccounted for,” Levine Cava said.

The building in Surfside collapsed in the early hours of June 24, nearly two weeks ago. Investigations are under way to determine the cause of the collapse.

Levine Cava said rescuers were lucky as the weather had cleared, with Tropical Storm Elsa making landfall on the Sunshine State’s west coast.