Jul 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy
CNN: 95 of 97 victims have been identified in Surfside condo collapse
Miami-Dade County has identified 95 of the 97 victims from the collapse of the Champlain Towers South building, CNN reports, as recovery efforts continue in Surfside, Fla.
Driving the news: Officials on Saturday named another person who died in the collapse, 36-year-old Theresa Velasquez, who was first recovered on July 8. The around-the-clock mission is going into its fourth week.
State of play: Miami-Dade county said this week it will now only report the number of victims who have been identified "out of respect for the families who are still waiting and to ensure we are reporting the most accurate possible numbers."
- The search and rescue mission transitioned to a recovery mission earlier this month. The recovery teams are still sifting through the rubble of the collapsed building.
- Teams have removed at least 22 million pounds of debris and concrete, per CNN.