Miami-Tate County Mayor Daniel Levine Kawa told a news conference this Wednesday that the death toll from a building collapse on Surface on June 24 had risen to 18, after two more bodies were found in the rubble.
Authorities said the bodies recovered were the bodies of two children, aged 4 and 10. These are the first bodies of minors ever discovered.
Levine Kawa pointed out that the number of missing is 145 and the number of people located is 139.
Until now, the youngest victim was a 26-year-old man of Puerto Rican descent.
On the other hand, A team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology is already in the process of taking samples and inspection features of the building’s condition to investigate the cause of the disaster.
The sea-facing area of the Sampline Towers condominium collapsed in the early hours of June 24, with more than 50 of its 136 dwellings reduced to rubble, and rescue crews were unable to locate survivors.
(With information from D.W.)