The collapse of the Miami building: Victims will receive nearly $ 1 billion in compensation

Families and those affected by the collapse of a devastating building will receive nearly $ 1 billion.

The group’s lawsuit came after a 12-story neighborhood in Surfside, Florida, suddenly sank on June 24 last year, destroying dozens of individual apartments almost instantly and burying the victims under tons of rubble. .

Rescuers spent weeks carefully dig concrete mountains, first to find the survivors and then to recover the remains of the deceased. A total of 98 people were killed.

The main action, brought on behalf of the victims and families of Champlain Towers South, alleges that work on the adjacent Eightty Seven Park tower damaged and destabilized the Champlain Towers building, which was in dire need of major structural repairs.

The Champlain Towers were in the midst of a 40-year overhaul when they partially collapsed.

Lawsuits have been filed against the collapse of victims, families and apartment owners, and state and federal investigations have been launched.

At a hearing on Miami-Dade District Court Judge Michael Hanzman on Wednesday, it was announced that the deal could be worth $ 997 million. USD (GBP 813 million).

It is still awaiting final approval.

known residents

Earlier this year, Judge Hansman approved a $ 83 million (£ 67 million) peace deal to compensate for financial losses such as the destruction of apartment building units and personal property.

In December, the Florida Grand Jury released a long list of recommendations to prevent another collapse, including earlier and more frequent inspections and better sealing.

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The report warned of structural damage three years ago

The town of Surfside, north of Miami Beach, has old houses and ruined tower buildings built decades ago, as well as newly built luxury buildings.

Among the famous residents are the former daughter Ivanka Trump, who lives near the collapsed building, and her husband, Jared Kushner.

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