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Two more victims were found in the demolition of a building in Florida

Search and rescue personnel continue searching for victims days after a residential building partially collapsed in Surfside near Miami Beach, Florida, U.S., June 27, 2021. REUTERS/Maria Alejandra Cardona

Rescue teams pulled two more bodies from the rubble of a concrete and steel partially collapsed apartment building in Surfside, not far from Miami, Florida, bringing the death toll to 11, with 150 people still missing four days after the tragedy. June 24.

Rain and large pieces of cement make it difficult for rescuers who have been working continuously since the 12-storey building with 156 apartments collapsed.

No one was pulled alive from the rubble of the building next to the beach in Surfside.

Rescue teams, including experts sent by Israel and Mexico, are using cranes, dogs and scanners with ultraviolet rays to find traces of life in the rubble, but there is less and less hope.

It is not yet known why the 40-year-old building collapsed, but the initial investigation focused on a 2008 engineering report that pointed to structural problems.

The president of the tenants’ association warned everyone in the building with a letter in April 2021 that there were visible signs of deteriorating concrete in the garage under the building and that the situation was deteriorating from year to year, as well as damage to the roof.

He then called on them to pay about $ 15 million for the necessary repairs, write The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

However, it was not determined that the damage stated in the report led to the demolition of the building, Voice of America reports.

Deputy Mayor Tina Paul said the damage was “very alarming”, while Dona DiMaggio Berger, a representative of the agency that owns the building, said the damage described in the 2018 report was typical of older buildings and did not alert board members.

She added that the board allocated 12 million dollars for repairs and that work began on the roof that was damaged during the hurricane season, and that other planned repairs were postponed due to the pandemic.

This year, the building was supposed to go through the process of re-certification of safety, which is planned for all buildings in Florida older than 40 years.

Simon, a professor at the University of Florida, says satellite imagery from the 1990s onwards has shown that the building sank one to three millimeters each year, while other buildings in the vicinity stood stable.

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