The death toll in the Surfside, Fla. condo collapse rose to 79 Friday, with 61 people still unaccounted for 16 days after the catastrophe.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava called the discovery of 15 victims in one day “heartbreaking,” adding that recovery workers were “moving forward with great urgency,” to bring closure to the families of those still missing.
“All those who have passed … are leaving behind loved ones. They’re leaving behind devastated families. The magnitude of this tragedy is growing each and every day,” Levine Cava said at an evening press conference.
“We know that there will be long-term impacts for the teams on the front line,” Levine Cava said. “They have given so much of themselves in these first two weeks.”
Officials said they have added peer support personnel for rescue and emergency workers from Florida and other states who have been laboring at the site.
A makeshift memorial is seen near the site of the