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The Death Toll In Surfside Climbs To 32 As Efforts Continue To Identify The Missing

Fire rescue workers head towards the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South on Monday in Surfside, Fla.

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Fire rescue workers head towards the partially collapsed 12-story Champlain Towers South on Monday in Surfside, Fla.

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Crews searching the building collapse site in Surfside, Fla., have discovered four more victims since Monday, bringing the death toll to 32. Authorities have identified 26 of the bodies.

Another 113 people were unaccounted for, though local officials said they had only been able to confirm that about 70 of those people were in the building at the time of the collapse nearly two weeks ago.

Detectives are continuing to follow up on reports submitted about possible victims in the incident, but in some cases they have been unable to reach those who submitted the tips in the first place.

“People call anonymously. People call and don’t leave return phone numbers. People call with partial information, not enough to really secure whether that person may or may not have been in the building,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told reporters on Tuesday.

Some of the reports of possible victims are also incomplete, she said, including a name but no apartment number or lacking a birth date.

Levine Cava urged people who are missing loved ones to communicate with local authorities. She said there may also be victims of the collapse who have not been reported missing.

The rescue effort stopped briefly overnight due to lightning from a passing storm. Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said high winds were hampering the cranes moving heavy debris from the collapse site.

Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez said Florida has declared a state of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Elsa, which is expected to reach hurricane strength before making landfall on the state’s west coast Wednesday morning.


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