Four more bodies were recovered during a search operation on the 27th (local time), the fourth day after the collapse of an apartment building in Florida, the United States, raising the death toll to nine. The number of missing persons, whose life or death is unknown, is 156, and as time goes by, the anxiety of the families of the missing persons is growing.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniela Levin Kava, Florida, said at a news conference that four more bodies had been recovered from the scene of the crash, according to US media reports. As a result, eight bodies were recovered from the accident site, and one injured person died in the hospital, raising the number of deaths from the accident to nine. County Mayor Kava said that of the eight bodies recovered from the scene, four people have been identified so far and their families have been contacted. The Miami Harold said the identified fatalities were a couple in their 80s and 70s who lived in apartment 903, and residents in their 50s who lived in rooms 801 and 1002, respectively.
County Mayor Kava said the deceased and the families of the missing were allowed to visit the site of the collapse of the 12-story Champlain Towers apartment on the surfside. Dozens of family members shared a bus provided by the city and traveled to the scene to appease their heartfelt feelings for the deceased or missing family members.
According to local authorities, 156 people have not been confirmed alive or dead since the accident, CNN reported. Authorities have dispatched a rescue team to continue the search and rescue operation.
Mayor Charles Buckett told Surfside ABC that the search team is making significant progress and will not stop the search until all are found in the wreckage. “I’m looking forward to a lot of miracles,” Buckett said in an interview with CNN. He said that at this time, whether missing persons are rescued depends on luck and not on resources such as rescue personnel and equipment.
Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Alan Kominsky said more than 400 rescuers were on the scene and Israel and Mexico were also helping with the search. Fire Chief Kominsky said the situation was “extremely difficult” because “there are no vacancies we are looking for and hope for.” Victims need an empty space to breathe and survive under the rubble of a collapsed building, which means that there isn’t much to see. “It’s a very difficult situation, but the most important thing right now is hope,” he said.
However, as time goes by, the family members of the missing person are becoming increasingly anxious. At around 1:30 a.m. on the 24th, no additional survivors were rescued from the scene, except that rescuers who arrived at the scene immediately after the collapse of a part of the 12-story apartment were rescued. The Associated Press reported that some families of the missing people were dissatisfied, saying the search was too slow.