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WASHINGTON — Official death toll 22. The latest victim recovered from the rubble of the Champlain Towers was a 7-year-old girl. Her name was Stella and she was the daughter of a Miami firefighter. On the night of the collapse Stella was sleeping in her grandparents’ apartment, where she lived with her mother Graciela.
The family asked not to divulge any other details, at least in this phase of great pain. Stella’s father is not part of the rescue team that for 10 days now he has been digging in the ruins of the condominium in Surfside, a nord in Miami Beach.
The searches for now continue with the hope of still finding some of the 126 missing, perhaps miraculously survived in the cavities. The hopes, however, are increasingly tenuous. President Joe Biden himself, who arrived with First Lady Jill on Thursday 1 July to visit the site of the disaster, tried to comfort family members, without too many illusions: This is life and this is death. We are doing what we can … There is anxiety, pain. Much psychological help will be needed in the coming weeks and months.
Meanwhile, civil protection engineers are evaluating how to proceed. There iThere is a real risk that the stump still standing could also collapse. Heavier debris should be removed with special machinery. But this, they say, would mean closing the emergency phase. In other words, give up looking for other bodies, as was done a month after the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York.
Others in Miami Beach are also being checked building. Friday 2 July a condominium of 156 apartments was cleared, the Crestview Towers. The latest inspection, in January, reported a series of electrical and structural stability problems.
July 3, 2021 (change July 3, 2021 | 18:27)
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