It is now confirmed that 86 people were killed in the collapse of the Miami Tower

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniela Levine Cava said the number of people confirmed dead after a Florida apartment block collapsed last month has reached 86.

No survivors have been pulled out alive from the rubble since the first few hours after the 40-year-old building partially collapsed early on June 24.

A total of 43 people are still listed as missing.

Investigators have not determined what caused the collapse of the 12-storey Champlain South Towers on Surfside.

Working crews working around the clock for 16 days reduced the size of the debris pile from four or five stories to nearly ground level, with some located below ground level.

«We’re definitely at ground level and a few feet from the bottom, so we’re continuing our efforts,» Miami-Dade Fire Chief Alan Kominsky said.

There is no set timetable for completing the mission, he said, but «we are definitely making progress.»

The pace of discovery of dead crews has accelerated since teams demolished a still-standing part of the building over the weekend, allowing greater access inside the rubble and more use of heavy equipment.

Ms Levin Cava said a cat named Binx who lived on the ninth floor of the building before it collapsed was found alive in the area, describing the discovery more than two weeks later as «a little bit of good news». #

Meanwhile, a Miami court will undergo urgent repairs after a safety review sparked by the tower tragedy found safety concerns.

In a joint statement, local officials said the decision to review Miami-Dade County Courthouse and other county buildings was «out of great caution.»

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«The engineer’s court report identified safety concerns from different floors and recommended that floors 16 and above be closed to staff while repairs are quickly completed,» the statement said.

They did not provide details about safety concerns or repairs that would be required.

She added that all employees will have to work from home after the closure. They have recently returned to work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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