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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.

The big picture: Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava emphasized Monday that rescue and recovery operations remain "the top concern," per the Miami Herald. She later cautioned that the number of people unaccounted for was "very fluid," the New York Times reports.

  • As search-and-rescue efforts continue, Miami-Dade assistant fire chief Ray Jadallah said "it's going to take time, it's not going to happen overnight."
  • Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett pledged Monday to find out whether a city official "misled residents" over a 2018 engineering report that cautioned building managers of "major structural damage" to the concrete condominium, per ABC News.

State of play: The City of Miami Beach on Sunday declared a state of emergency, noting: "A significant portion of the staging for the emergency response efforts is taking place within Miami Beach."

  • Champlain Towers North, the sister condo, wasn't being evacuated after building inspectors agreed it was structurally sound, a member of the Condo board told the New York Times on Sunday.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that President Biden would support mobilizing federal agencies including the FBI to investigate the disaster.
  • FEMA administrator Deanne Criswell said Sunday that representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers have were providing technical assistance.

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

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Hurricane Ida death toll rises past 60

A family on Saturday clean up their house, damaged by Hurricane Ida in Grand Isle, Louisiana. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The number of reported U.S. deaths linked to Hurricane Ida has now exceeded 60 as recovery efforts continue — and over 550,000 people in Louisiana remained without power overnight.

The big picture: The death toll in Louisiana rose to 13 Sunday, a week after the storm slammed the state as a Category 4 hurricane. Ida's remnants later combined with other storm systems to lash the Northeastern U.S. with historic rainfall, triggering flash-flooding.

Biden to visit New York and New Jersey in aftermath of Hurricane Ida

Police officers and rescue workers gather outside a house where a person was trapped in a flooded basement in Queens, New York, early on Sept. 2. Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden on Saturday announced that he will travel to New Jersey and New York on Tuesday to survey damage from Hurricane Ida.

Driving the news: Biden will visit Manville, New Jersey, and Queens, New York, to examine the destruction caused by the remnants of Ida, which caused extreme flooding and falling debris throughout the Northeast.

Obama says Powell exemplified what America "can and should be"

Then-President Obama speaks alongside former Secretary of State Colin Powell during a meeting in the Oval Office in 2010. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Obama called Colin Powell an "exemplary soldier and an exemplary patriot" in a statement honoring the former general following his death from COVID-19 complications on Monday.

Why it matters: Powell, the first Black U.S. secretary of state, was known as a Republican but played a critical role in helping Obama get elected in 2008.