10 More Victims Found in Surfside Rubble, Bringing Death Toll to 46

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A fire official says the death toll in the Surfside condo building collapse has risen to 46 after workers discovered 10 more victims.

Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Ray Jadallah told family members in a private briefing Wednesday that workers had pulled 10 more bodies from the rubble and additional human remains. Jadallah said only 32 victims have been identified.

The news comes as the search for victims of the collapse of the high-rise condominium reached its 14th day on Wednesday, with authorities sounding more and more grim.

Crews dug through pulverized concrete where the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside once stood, filling buckets that were passed down a line to be emptied and then returned.

Searchers have found no new signs of survivors, and although authorities said their mission was still geared toward finding people alive, they sounded increasingly somber.

“Right now, we’re in search and rescue mode,” the county’s police director, Freddy Ramirez, said at a news conference Tuesday evening. He soon added: “Our primary goal right now is to bring closure to the families.”

No one has been rescued from the site since the first hours after the building collapsed on June 24 when many of its residents were asleep.

Searchers were still looking for any open spaces within the mounds of rubble where additional survivors might be found, said the county’s fire chief, Alan Cominsky.

“Unfortunately, we are not seeing anything positive,” he said.

Read more at NBC Miami.

{Matzav.com}

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