Surfside, US. Five days after the collapse of a building in South Florida, the death toll rose to 10, announced Monday the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levine Cava, who specified that 151 people remain missing.
“This morning we recovered another body. That brings the count to 10. The total number of people found is now 135. And the number of missing is 151,” Levine Cava said.
Two Venezuelan citizens are among the 10 confirmed dead in the collapse of the Champlain Towers building in Surfside, Florida, authorities said Monday.
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“We regret to confirm the deaths of Venezuelans León Oliwkowicz and Cristina Beatriz Elvira, victims of the Champlain Towers structural accident,” tweeted Carlos Vecchio on Sunday night, diplomatic representative of Venezuelan opposition Juan Guaidó, considered interim president of Venezuela by the United States.
“We express our condolences to his family and friends. Peace to his soul,” he added.
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León Oliwkowicz, 79, and his wife, Cristina Elvira, 74, resided in the United States, sources from the Venezuelan legation told AFP.
Their bodies were found on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, Miami-Dade police said.
The couple lived in unit 704 of the building, their daughters Daniela and Gabriela reported in a tweet.
Vecchio had said days ago that six Venezuelans were among those missing due to the collapse of the building, which occurred early Thursday the 24th in Surfside, about 20 km from downtown Miami.
In addition to the four Venezuelans, at least 29 other Latin Americans are still reported as missing persons linked to the catastrophe: nine from Argentina, six from Colombia, six from Paraguay, three from Uruguay and one from Chile.
Among them are the sister-in-law of the president of Paraguay, Sophia López Moreira, her husband Luis Pettengill and three minors, as well as Lady Luna Villalba, who had traveled with them as a nanny, according to information from the Paraguayan government.
Chilean lawyer Claudio Bonnefoy, a relative of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, is also wanted, according to her daughter, Pascale Bonnefoy, who traveled to Miami from Santiago to closely follow the rescue efforts.