The death toll in the Florida condominium collapse continued to rise on Wednesday, with officials confirming 18 fatalities so far — including at least two children, ages 4 and 10.

On Wednesday, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said workers had recovered six more bodies from the wreckage of Champlain Towers South in Surfside. With the search mission stretching to nearly seven days, Levine Cava announced the disaster’s young victims at an evening news conference.

“Any loss of life — especially given the unexpected, unprecedented nature of this event — is a tragedy,” she said. “But the loss of our children is too great to bear.”

The mayor said 145 people are still missing. Officials continued to express hope, and one rescuer said earlier in the day that new openings in the debris were detected.

Here are some significant developments

  • The Miami-Dade Police Department released the names of five additional victims on Wednesday: Hilda Noriega, 92; Anaely Rodriguez, 42; Andreas Giannitsopoulos, 21; and sisters Lucia and Emma Guara, 10 and 4, respectively.
  • President Biden and first lady Jill Biden will visit the site of the collapse on Thursday.
  • Amid contentious debate about multimillion-dollar repairs to Champlain Towers South in 2019, five of the seven condominium board members resigned. One left frustrated about what she said was a sluggish response to structural damage in the building.
  • Months before the collapse, the condo board leader warned that damage to the structure’s concrete support system was “accelerating.”