Search and rescue teams look for survivors at the Champlain Towers South residential condo on Tuesday (Pictures: AP)
Four more bodies were pulled from the Miami-area condo building collapse site, bringing the death toll to at least 16 people.
Search and rescue crews found the victims on Tuesday night, Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told family members during a briefing on Wednesday morning.
The victims’ relatives were not immediately identified. Crews found other human remains in addition to the four bodies, Jadallah said. Rescuers have built a ramp for a crane to access parts at the top of the debris pile in Surfside, Florida, he added.
Nearly 150 people remain unaccounted for.
Search and rescue personnel working on site after the partial collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Surfside, Florida (Picture: Getty Images)
People visit the makeshift memorial for the victims of the building collapse, near the site of the disaster in Surfside, Florida (Picture: Getty Images)
The four additional bodies were found the morning after Florida officials asked the federal government for more rescue teams members as they continued to sift through rubble from the Champlain Towers South partial collapse last Thursday.
About 900 workers from 50 federal, state and local agencies worked on the search, according to Charles Cyrille of the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency.
The condo’s pancake collapse resulted in layers of debris that made it difficult and treacherous to find any survivors trapped underneath in possible pockets of space.
Search efforts have been stymied by bad weather passing through the area. Two disorganized storms in the Atlantic could become tropical systems in the coming days, the National Hurricane Center said.
Search and rescue teams look for survivors at the Champlain Towers South residential condo on Tuesday (Picture: AP)
Photographs of victims hang on a memorial wall along a fence near the site of the Champlain Towers South condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida (Picture: AP)
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis during a press conference on Tuesday said no one would be left behind.
‘The way I look at it, as an old Navy guy, is when somebody is missing in action, in the military, you’re missing until you’re found,’ DeSantis said. ‘We don’t stop the search.’
Elected officials have vowed to see through several investigations into why the 12-story condo suddenly crumbled.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said that she will meet with construction, engineering and geology experts to discuss building safety matters and craft recommendations ‘to ensure a tragedy like this will never, ever happen again’.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are set to visit the collapse site on Thursday.
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