The death toll in the apartment building collapse in the Miami Beach area has risen to nine, with another 10 people injured and dozens of residents still unaccounted for.
One of the injured residents died in the hospital and additional remains were found among the wreckage, bringing the death toll up to nine, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.
Officials also found additional sets of unidentified human remains at the site of the Champlain Towers South, which collapsed in Florida’s Surfside suburb on Thursday.
First responders are searching the debris with canines and sonar technology to locate all the remaining residents. More than 150 people are unaccounted for in the collapse.
Four of the dead were identified by Miami police as Stacie Dawn Fang, 54; Antonio Lozano, 83; Gladys Lozano, 79; and Manuel LaFont, 54.
The department identified four more victims on Sunday night: Leon Oliwkowicz, 80; Luis Bermudez, 26; Anna Ortiz, 46; and Christina Beatriz Elvira, 76.
The wreckage will be home to a rescue effort “for the indefinite future,” Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said on Sunday.
“We are not stopping until we pull every resident out of that rubble…we have two objectives now,” Burkett said. “That is to support the family and to stay focused, to keep those rescue crews on that pile of debris bringing out residents. We have waves and waves of rescue teams that are ready to step up.”
Engineers are closely monitoring the site to ensure the infrastructure is safe for search and rescue teams to continue their efforts, as part of the condominium complex did remain intact following the collapse.
Burkett announced a charity fund for the families affected by the collapse in a joint conference with Miami Beach Mayor Francis Suarez, private equity founder Orlando Bravo and the Miami Heat Charitable Fund. More than a million dollars has been raised already for the trust over the weekend.
The fund will help provide relocation assistance and other help to families in the interim until insurance and federal aid comes in, according to Bravo, who donated $250,000 from his philanthropy foundation.
“And secondly, to provide mental health services for that long period of time that people are going to need to work through and cope with this,” Bravo said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency on Thursday, bringing in the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal assistance, such as the Army Corps of Engineers. A number of families have already been registered for individual aid, FEMA Director Deanne Criswell said on Sunday.