SURFSIDE, Fla. – The death toll in the condominium collapse rose to 27 on Monday with the discovery of three more bodies as the desperate search resumed hours after the remaining sections of the building were brought down by controlled implosion.
More than 100 people remain missing since the Champlain Towers South collapsed on June 24. Authorities took down the remaining sections of the building Sunday, concerned that winds from approaching Tropical Storm Elsa would topple the structure and further endanger the hunt for survivors.
The victims were recovered Monday morning, Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah told family members, raising the death toll to 27 people, the Associated Press reported.
The complex perched on the ocean’s edge was reduced to a jagged pile of rubble at least two stories tall, topped by a jumble of air conditioners, twister rebar and snapped concrete columns. Heavy equipment roared at the scene, with dump trucks hauling away hundreds of tons of debris.