WATCH LIVE: Surfside building collapse death toll increases to 22; rescuers search for 126 missing

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Friday afternoon the death toll of the Surfside building collapse increased to 22.

Levine Cava said search-and-rescue teams are working to find the 126 people who remain unaccounted for.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Alan R. Cominsky said they were rotating the Florida Task Force teams out of the site with teams from Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.

The National Weather Service has a presence at the site in Surfside to provide up-to-the-minute updates on Elsa, a tropical storm that strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane Friday in the Caribbean.

Search and rescue personnel remove remains on a stretcher as they work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building where scores of people remain missing more than a week after it partially collapsed, Friday, July 2, 2021, in Surfside, Fla.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey/)

To help speed up the rescue effort, Levine Cava said she ordered the demolition of what is left standing of the Champlain Towers South.

“It’s going to take time. It’s going to take more likely weeks,” Levine Cava said about the demolition.

Federal Emergency Management Agency engineers recommended the demolition because the structure lacks stability and is threatening the lives of the hundreds of rescuers on site.

Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Kevin Guthrie said Royal Caribbean has a ship at Port Miami where rescuers are resting. He said Amazon donated items that will be used to help rescuers with their dirty laundry.

Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett said the accumulated debris from the operation is almost completely gone, and that is a testament to the organizational skills of the Miami-Dade County crews.

“It’s running very smoothly,” Burkett said.

A team secures sets of recovered remains in body bags, as search and rescue personnel work atop the rubble at the Champlain Towers South condo building where scores of people remain missing more than a week after it partially collapsed, Friday, July 2, 2021, in Surfside, Fla. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) (Mark Humphrey/)

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