Officials identify 2 children dead in Surfside condo collapse, toll rises to 18

Officials identify 2 children dead in Surfside condo collapse, toll rises to 18
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The death toll from the building collapse in Surfside, Fla., now stands at 18 people, including two children, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced Wednesday.

During a daily press briefing Wednesday evening, Cava said with "great sorrow" and "real pain" that two children, four-year-old Emma Guara and 10-year-old Lucia Guara, were confirmed dead in the rubble of the 12-story building. 

"Any loss of life, especially given the unexpected, unprecedented nature of this event is a tragedy," Cava said. "But the loss of our children is too great to bear."

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The confirmation of additional fatalities leaves 147 people still unaccounted for, Cava added.

During the evening briefing, Cava also noted the potential that a tropical cyclone could hinder rescue efforts. Attempts at finding and identifying bodies in the debris have already been plagued by falling debris and weather. 

"The weather has continued unfortunately [to be] inclement, causing definitely some challenges. But [rescuers] have continued, they have persisted," Cava said earlier Wednesday.