Death Toll in Florida Building Collapse Rises to 22, 126 People Still Missing

© REUTERS / MARCO BELLORescue personnel continue the search and rescue operation for survivors at the site of a partially collapsed residential building in Surfside, Florida, U.S. July 2, 2021.
Rescue personnel continue the search and rescue operation for survivors at the site of a partially collapsed residential building in Surfside, Florida, U.S. July 2, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.07.2021
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On 1 July, US President Joe Biden expanded federal government emergency assistance to the state of Florida to finance increased protective measures following the Surfside building collapse, in which more than 160 people are believed to have lost their lives.
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The death toll in the Surfside, Florida, condominium building collapse increased to 22 after two additional bodies were recovered from the rubble, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told reporters.
"Over the course of today's search, we did recover two additional victims, we now have 22 confirmed deaths," Cava said on Friday evening.
Cava noted that 126 people are still unaccounted for.
The mayor said she signed an emergency order authorizing the demolition of the remainder of the 12-story building that is still standing due to safety concerns, but engineers are still evaluating the best timeline to begin demolition and a decision is expected in the coming weeks.
Cava underscored that emergency crews will not take any action that would jeopardize ongoing search and rescue operations.
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