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The site of the 12-story residential tower that partially collapsed on June 24 in Surfside Fla. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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Death toll in Surfside condo collapse rises to 12, prosecutor to seek grand jury

Search and rescue teams, June 29 in Surfside, Fla. Photo: Joe Raedle via Getty Images

The death toll in last week's Surfside condo collapse has risen to 12, with 149 people still unaccounted for, officials said Tuesday evening.

The latest: Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said 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."

Updated Jun 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Search for survivors of deadly Florida condo collapse enters 6th day

Search and Rescue personnel remove a stretcher from the rubble of the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida, on Monday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The search for survivors among the rubble of a Surfside, Florida, condo entered a sixth day Tuesday, with 11 bodies recovered from the partial collapse of the 12-story building and 150 people still unaccounted for.

The latest: Rescue specialists from Israel and Mexico joined American crews in the search for life using "cranes, dogs and infrared scanners," but hope was beginning to diminish Reuters notes.

Jun 30, 2021 - Podcasts

The disappearing unemployment lifeline

During the pandemic, self-employed, gig and freelance workers were eligible for unemployment benefits. Now, as states start cutting back on those pandemic-era programs, that subset of workers is about to get shut out of those benefits.

  • Plus, the latest from the Florida building collapse.
  • And, reparations via Venmo.

Guests: Axios' Courtenay Brown, Erin Doherty and Hope King.

Credits: Axios Today is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Dan Bobkoff, Alexandra Botti, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Sabeena Singhani, Amy Pedulla, Naomi Shavin, and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com.

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