They found 15 new bodies in the Miami collapse: 79 confirmed deaths and 61 are still missing.

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source: www.usatoday.com

They found 15 new bodies in the Miami collapse: 79 confirmed deaths and 61 are still missing.

The authorities have already notified the relatives of 47 of the identified persons.

Rescue teams recovered 15 more bodies from the rubble of the Surfside building in Miami, which collapsed eight days ago. 

"We made a very difficult decision to move from search and rescue operations to the recovery of the bodies," Levine Cava said in a broken and visibly affected tone on Thursday.

The remains were removed Thursday night and this Friday morning, according to Univisión.

In this way, the number of confirmed deaths reached 79.

The same media reported that the authorities had already notified the relatives of 53 of the identified persons. A total of 61 people are still missing, according to the same information.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in the past few hours that each victim "is treated with extreme care and compassion."

Rescue teams take care of personal belongings found in the wreckage, such as wallets, jewelry, and electronics, and the victims' families can bring in lost items for recovery.

Before entering a new phase of the work at the site, the rescue bodies paid tribute to the victims with a minute of silence interrupted by prayers, sobs, and tears from those present. From now on, efforts will be focused on trying to recover the remains of the victims.

"We made a very difficult decision to move from search and rescue operations to the recovery of the bodies," Levine Cava said in a broken and visibly affected tone on Thursday.

Our hearts break for those who are in mourning and for those who are still waiting," said Daniella Levine Cava while giving the daily report on the rescue efforts and the new death toll.

"Our commitment to this mission is deeply personal. This is our community; they are our neighbors and our families. And our first responders have really searched that pile (of rubble) every day since the collapse as if they were looking for their own loved ones," she added, visibly excited, before breaking apart towards the end of the part.