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Death toll from Florida building collapse rises to 54

The death toll from a building collapse in Miami-Dade County, Florida, has risen to 54, after 18 new bodies were pulled from the rubble.

CNN reported on Thursday that 86 people are still missing.

County Mayor Daniela Levine said search and rescue work would continue at the same pace.

The 12-story, 55-apartment building overlooking the ocean in the Surfside area of ​​Miami Beach collapsed on June 24 while residents were asleep inside.

The reason behind the collapse of the building, which has withstood decades of hurricanes, is still unknown, and an investigation is underway to uncover its causes.