Death toll in Surfside condo collapse rises to 18
The bodies of two additional victims have been recovered from the rubble of the Surfside building collapse, bringing the death toll to 18, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Wednesday. 145 people remain unaccounted for.
The latest: At an afternoon briefing, Cava said two of the 18 fatalities were children, ages 4 and 10.
- "The loss of our children is too great to bear," Cava said.
- At a morning briefing, Miami-Dade assistant fire chief Raide Jadallah told family members the victims had not yet been identified.
- The search-and-rescue crews recovered other human remains in addition to the four bodies. The discovery came after rescue teams built a ramp for a crane to reach areas they had not had access to before, per AP.
- Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said Tuesday she would ask a grand jury to "look at what steps we can take to safeguard our residents without jeopardizing any scientific, public safety, or potential criminal investigations."
- The Surfside official who said in November 2018 that the Miami-area condo was in satisfactory condition has been placed on leave from his post as interim building official in Doral, Florida, the Wall Street Journal reports.
- President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will visit Surfside on Thursday.
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