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Members of the South Florida Urban Search and Rescue team look for survivors in the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South condo building in Surfside, Florida, on Saturday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The death toll from the Surfside, Fla., building collapse has risen to five after rescue workers pulled another body from the rubble of the 12-story Champlain Towers South, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (D) said Saturday.

The latest: 156 people remained unaccounted for, Levine Cava said. Miami-Dade police on Saturday night identified four of the people who'd lost their lives in the tragedy at the 12-story Champlain Towers South as Stacie Dawn Fang, 54; Antonio Lozano, 83; Gladys Lozano, 79; and Manuel LaFont, 54.

  • Levine Cava said 130 people had been accounted for following the collapse, which happened about 1:30a.m. Thursday.
  • In addition to the five bodies pulled from the rubble, other human remains had been found, the mayor added.

The state of play: An engineering consultant at Morabito Consultants in 2018 cautioned building managers of "major structural damage" to the concrete condominium, according to a report released late Friday.

  • In a statement issued Saturday afternoon, Morabito Consultants said: "We completed our inspection and provided our report to the condominium association on Oct. 8, 2018, detailing our findings and recommendations."
  • "At that time, we also provided the condominium association with an estimate of the probable costs to make the extensive and necessary repairs. Among other things, our report detailed significant cracks and breaks in the concrete, which required repairs to ensure the safety of the residents and the public."
  • Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan Cominsky said Saturday afternoon that shifting winds spread smoke had made it hard for first responders to breathe and to see, per the Miami Herald.

Driving the news: The report intended to encourage building managers to "provide a safe and functional infrastructure for the future." A "multimillion-dollar" repair plan was set to kick off soon in response to the engineer's concerns, per the New York Times.

  • Residents had also been complaining of water that was coming through their windows and balcony doors. Morabito noted that balcony concrete was deteriorating due to water infiltration, and because of this he said balcony slab edges needed to be "further investigated and repaired."
  • Levine Cava told reporters Saturday that she has ordered an audit of all buildings over 40 years old in the area, effective immediately, to be completed in the next 30 days.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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Surfside condo collapse: 4 dead, 159 unaccounted for

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Rescue crews are continuing to search for dozens of people after a 12-story oceanfront condo tower partially collapsed in Surfside, just north of Miami Beach.

The latest: Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Friday night that no new survivors have been found. “But through the night we will continue, and God willing, there will be some good news later tonight or in the morning,” Cava said.

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President Biden addressed the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine during a press briefing Wednesday, saying of Russian President Vladimir Putin, "my guess is he will move in."

Why it matters: U.S. officials have issued a series of warnings about Russia's threatening military buildup on the border with Ukraine, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken saying in Kyiv earlier Wednesday that Russia could invade "on very short notice."

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President Biden pushed back against Republican efforts to obstruct his agenda during a press conference Wednesday, asking "What are Republicans for?"

Why it matters: Biden's speech comes as he approaches one year in office, facing low polling numbers and a stalled agenda.

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