Death toll hits 11 in Florida condo collapse as rescue teams search through rubble


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Search-and-rescue teams pulled two more sets of remains from the concrete-and-steel rubble of a partially collapsed Florida condominium tower June 28, bringing the death toll to 11, with 150 people still listed as missing four days after the disaster. Pouring rain and slabs of cement hampered efforts to pick through debris left from the unexplained cave-in of nearly half of the 12-story, 156-unit building, in what may end up as the deadliest unintentional structural failure in U.S. history. No survivors have been pulled from the oceanfront ruins of the Champlain Towers South condo in the town of Surfside, near Miami, since the first hours after the building abruptly crumpled into a heap early on June 24 as residents slept. What caused the 40-year-old high-rise to give way is still under investigation, but initial attention focused on structural deficiencies identified in an engineer’s report three years ago. The report found serious concrete deterioration in the underground parking garage and major damage in a slab beneath the pool deck. (Reuters) This article was provided by The Japan Times Alpha.

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