Number of missing in Surfside collapse falls after audit

Number of missing in Surfside collapse falls after audit
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The number of missing people in the Surfside, Fla., condo building collapse fell after an audit of the missing person list was conducted, officials said.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava (D) said Friday the number of people considered missing has gone from 145 to 128, The Associated Press reported.

Some names on the list were found to be duplicates, while detectives were able to find others safe with their families. 


The drop in the number of missing comes after two children were found dead on Friday, raising the total number of confirmed deaths from the collapse to 20 — four children and 16 adults, including the 7-year-old daughter of a Miami firefighter.

“It was truly different and more difficult for our first responders. These men and woman are paying an enormous human toll each and every day, and I ask that all of you please keep them in your thoughts and prayers,” Cava said.

The search for survivors has been difficult with fires popping up at the scene, extreme weather and a pause in work due to concerns the rest of the building would fall. 

Officials are working on a plan to demolish what is left standing of the condominium building.

Miami-Dade Assistant Fire Chief Raide Jadallah said 600 rescue workers who have been staying in tents during the effort will be moved to rooms on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship ahead of a tropical storm that is expected to hit the area, according to the AP.