"We're looking as hard as we can," Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said at a news conference.
Relief teams in Miami found yet another body in the rubble of the collapsed building, bringing the death toll to 36 as renewed search efforts are threatened by the arrival of Storm Elsa in Florida.
Florida search-and-rescue officials at the site of an apartment building collapse were frustrated Tuesday with the possibility of finding survivors, noting they found no new evidence of life in the rubble. Are
With the noise of chain saws and excavators in the background, rescuers in yellow helmets searched the debris for the 13th day, in a task complicated by rains and winds associated with Tropical Storm Elsa.
Workers were still searching for open spaces where people could be found, nearly two weeks after the Champlain Towers South collapse in Surfside.
"We're looking as hard as we can," Miami-Dade County Fire Chief Alan Cominsky said at a news conference. But he added that "unfortunately, we don't see anything positive. The key things - empty spaces, livable spaces - we do not see anything like that".
Although authorities continue to call the task a search and rescue operation, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said families of the missing are bracing for news of a "tragic loss. "
"I think everyone is going to be prepared when it's time to move on to the next phase," said Levine Cava, noting that teams will use the same care when moving debris once the focus shifts from searching for survivors to recovery. Of bodies.
The mayor said he would not really notice a difference. We will search carefully for bodies and belongings, and we will respectfully list the remains we find.
No one was rescued after the first hours of the crash, which occurred early on the morning of June 24, when several occupants of the building were asleep.
More than 100 people are still missing, although only 70 of them have been confirmed to be in the building when it collapsed, Levine Cava said.
Weather conditions threatened to hamper rescue efforts. Crews can work in the rain, but thunderstorms have forced them to suspend work at times, and a parking lot amid debris has flooded.
The missing include dozens of Latin Americans from countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Chile, and Uruguay.
The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, but several investigations are underway.
A 2018 report released by city officials said the complex could suffer major structural damage, from concrete slabs under the pool deck to columns and beams in the parking lot.
People have also filed several cases in court through people claiming compensation for damages to the neighborhood.