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Rescue teams continue their search for survivors this Sunday in the rubble of the Miami building, three days after its catastrophic collapse that so far left nine dead and 152 missing, according to the latest balance.

“We have been able to recover another four bodies from the rubble … So today I confirm that the death toll rises to nine. We have identified four of the victims and have notified their next of kin “said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. In addition, he explained that one of the victims died in the hospital.

Israeli and Mexican rescuers joined the operation and are working around the clock with their American colleagues. The search is carried out relentlessly day and night, with two large cranes carefully removing debris as rescuers explore the ruins of the collapsed building in Surfside, near Miami Beach with trained dogs.

”Progress is being made. We have abundant rescue teams in place, ”Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett told ABC on Sunday, noting that a group from Mexico is already operating. Among the disappeared there are at least 18 Latin American citizens, including Uruguayans, Argentines and Paraguayans. Canada has also said that at least four of its citizens could be “affected.” “We do not lack resources, we lack luck. We need more luck, ”he said.

A team of 10 Israeli experts arrived on Sunday to support their American colleagues. “This is one of the best rescue teams, if not the best and most experienced,” said Nachman Shai, Israeli minister for Jewish diaspora affairs, upon arriving at the scene. Many members of the Surfside Jewish community are among those affected by the incident that occurred early Thursday morning, and Israel pledged to help.

The search had been complicated by a fire whose smoke had made it impossible to access some areas. “The good news is that we were able to control the fire and smoke at noon on Saturday,” Mayor Levine Cava told CBS on Sunday, so now “visibility is good.”

Four victims have been identified, local police said Saturday night, releasing their names and apartment numbers. Gladys and Antonio Lozano, 79 and 83 years old respectively, lived in the same apartment. The other two people were 54 years old, one of whom, Stacie Fang, was the mother of a 15-year-old boy rescued from the rubble Thursday morning, according to the Miami Herald.

A memorial was improvised on the fence of the rescue base camp. Around the photos of the missing, bouquets of flowers were hung and candles were placed on the ground. “You can see the smoke in the distance, and here the faces of the disappeared are now unforgettable,” Olivia Ostrow, a French woman who has lived for 20 years in this small town north of Miami Beach, told AFP. “My heart goes out to the people of Surfside,” President Joe Biden tweeted Saturday, pledging all necessary federal aid.

Increasingly frustrated families are growing impatient and fear that the high number of missing will drive up the death toll. In this sense, some relatives of the victims criticize the rescue operations and begin to lose hope.

“Not a single lifeguard has tried to remove the rubble, little by little, even by hand, without a machine, to evacuate people,” said a man named Maurice Wachsmann on Friday. His best friend and another acquaintance of his are missing.

“My mother’s friend is there (under the rubble). We want to be hopeful but we have to be realistic. The next step is to be with the families and find out why this happened, ”said Mark, 55, without giving his last name.

“Our experience is that during the first 72 hours there is a good chance that people are still alive in there,” Miami-Dade County firefighter Danny Cardeso told CBS.

Rescuers, hearing noises emanating from the rubble but are not sure they are human, tunnelled under the building’s flooded parking lot to try to reach possible survivors.

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