Florida officials say the search for victims of the partial collapse of the Champlain Tower South condominium building on June 24 has ended.
Officials said eight people were killed on Thursday, with nine at free. 90 out of 97 have been identified.
Miami-Dead County Mayor Daniela Levine Cava said on Twitter, “The total number of confirmed deaths is now 977 – a shocking, heartbreaking death.”
About 1 million kilometers of debris have been removed from the site of a 12-story building in Surfside, Florida.
Workers were trying to recover jewelry, photo albums and other personal belongings to ensure they were returned to their owners or relatives, The Washington Post Report.
“Plate, you can replace; “A vase, you can replace,” according to Rabbi Yossi Harlig, Miami-Dead Police Chapelin, Post. “But a holy book or long [a prayer shawl] Or Tefilin [a case containing Torah texts for weekday morning prayers] Or there was something in the family that was passed down from generation to generation, these are things you want to make sure you can get back. “
Officials have yet to determine what caused the 40-year-old building to collapse, but some are pointing to a 2018 engineer’s report citing “major structural damage” and a “major flaw” in the building’s construction.
Some information for this report came from Reuters.