Florida condo death toll rises

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US President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, will travel to Surfside, Florida, site of a deadly condominium collapse , to offer condolences to the families of those killed and missing as the casualty toll climbed higher.

Biden, whose personal experience with tragedy has been a hallmark of his political career, will reprise the role of “consoler-in-chief” on Thursday while rescue teams continue to search for victims in the rubble of the high-rise, which caved in a week ago as residents slept.

The confirmed on death toll rose to 18 on Wednesday with the discovery of six more bodies in the ruins of the Champlain Towers South condo, including the remains of two children, aged 4 and 10, Miami-Dade County Daniella Levine Cava said. Another 145 people are missing and feared trapped in the rubble.

Nobody has been pulled alive from the mounds of pulverized concrete, splintered lumber and twisted metal since the early hours of the disaster in the oceanfront town of Surfside, adjacent to Miami Beach.

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