Search and rescue teams in Surfside, Florida, over the past day have found the bodies of six more people who died as a result of the partial collapse of an apartment building on the ocean. The total number of victims, thus, reached 18 people, the Reuters news agency reported.
The mayor of Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levine-Cava, said at a press conference that 147 people are still missing. According to the mayor, two of the 18 victims were children aged 10 and 4 years.
“The loss of children is simply unbearable,” Levin-Kava said. “Our community, our people and the world feel compassion for these families who have lost loved ones.”
About half of the 12-storey building collapsed last Thursday, and since then rescuers have been slowly making their way through the rubble, using cranes, infrared scanners and dogs.
Mayor Levin-Kava said that rescuers continue to perform “a brave and very difficult task, putting them in danger.”
US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are planning to visit Surfside on Thursday, July 1.