The known death toll from the collapse this week of a Surfside, Fla., condominium rose to five on Saturday after crews recovered another body and detected human remains in the rubble of the 12-story high-rise, an official said.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said search-and-rescue crews have made “some progress” against fire and smoke — and continue to look for survivors.
Here are some significant developments:
- The mayor of Surfside said Saturday evening that officials would help residents voluntarily relocate from Champlain Towers North, a “sister” tower that he said is “basically the same building” as the ruined condo. But he said he is not ordering evacuations as authorities try to confirm the building is safe.
- An engineer who evaluated the condo warned in a 2018 report of a “major error” in its construction. The condo’s reinforced concrete slab is not sloped to drain, according to the report released by authorities.
- “They were on their balconies, screaming”: The devastating final minutes at Champlain Towers South.
- Miami-Dade County will immediately launch an audit of all buildings 40 years and older in an effort to ensure the safety of other structures following the recent condo collapse.
- Family members of the many people unaccounted for continued to gather at a growing makeshift memorial near the rubble. Waiting for answers, they prayed and called out their loved ones’ names.
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