Officials said that two bodies were found today, Saturday, under the rubble of a building that collapsed more than a week ago in Miami, Florida, USA.
This brings the total number of people killed in the disaster to 24, with 124 missing, while search and rescue operations continue.
A previous toll indicated that 22 people had been killed.
On Friday, search and rescue teams found four bodies in the ruins of the collapsed Champlain Towers.
The disaster occurred in the oceanic town of Surfside, Florida, near Miami Beach. Investigators have not found the cause of the collapse of the 40-year-old building in what is considered the worst construction disaster in US history.
But an engineering report prepared in 2018, before the building’s safety re-licensing process, identified structural defects that are the focus of investigations now into the cause of the collapse.
The head of the building’s residents’ union warned its occupants in April 2021 that the damage, which the report revealed in concrete, had “worsened significantly.”