Death Toll Rises As Bodies Removed From Collapsed Condo
“Unfortunately, this has been a tragic night. We do have 120 people now accounted for, which is very, very good news. But our unaccounted for number has gone up to 159,” Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told a news conference.
“In addition, we can tragically report the death count is now four,” she said. “I want to be very clear about the numbers. They are very fluid. … The search-and-rescue team worked throughout the night, and it was a very active scene.”
Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez, whose agency assumed control of the investigation, said authorities were working with the medical examiner’s office to identify the victims. Eleven injuries were reported, with four people taken to local hospitals.
Assistant Miami-Dade Fire Chief Raide Jadallah said Friday that rescue crews heard sounds, though not voices, from the rubble – though some of the noises could be from shifting parts of the building’s twisted remains.
“We have hope, and every time that we hear a sound, we concentrate on that area … as we continue to hear those sounds, we concentrate on those areas,” he told reporters.