3 more bodies found in US Florida building collapse after search resumes

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People view a makeshift memorial near the site of the residential building collapse in Miami-Dade County, Florida, the United States, on June 26, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

Another three bodies were found on Monday as search resumed after the demolition of remainder of the condominium which partially collapsed 12 days ago in Surfside, southeastern U.S. state Florida, increasing the death toll to 27.

As many as 118 people still unaccounted for, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a news briefing.

Search efforts resumed around midnight after the demolition around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday in a process that "uses small, strategically placed explosives and relies on gravity to bring the building down in place, " the mayor said.

"Bringing the building down in a controlled manner was critical to expanding our scope of search," Levine Cava said. "Truly, we could not continue without bringing this building down."

The demolition allowed the crew to access the area closest to the building that they had not been able to access before, she said.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Friday that tropical storm Elsa's expected arrival in South Florida this week has made the demolition of the whole building necessary.

The collapse occurred around 1:15 a.m. (about 0530 GMT) on June 24 at the Champlain Towers South condominium in the beachside town that sits around 9.6 km north of Miami Beach.

Since the collapse, multiple Miami-area buildings have been evacuated, according to a CNN report.

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