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Search for Mexico quake survivors continues as hope lessens

26 September, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • The Magnitude of Earthquakes

In upscale Roma, one of the hardest-hit neighbourhoods of the capital, a priest led mass for almost two dozen people under a blue tarp while a nun handed out small cards with an image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, who according to the Catholic faith first appeared to an Aztec convert in 1531.

Families have been sleeping in tents, accepting food and coffee from strangers, people have organised themselves to present a united front to authorities, who they pressed ceaselessly for information. A crowd of onlookers watching swelled, and so did the number of volunteer workers. "Your family, friends and Dario are waiting for you".

Rescuers would yell, "Is anyone in there alive?" but they couldn't hear the group's frantic replies.

Francisco Javier Mendez, whose daughter, Ana Laura, is also believed trapped inside the building, said his family had been told there were three points inside the collapsed structure where rescuers believe there are people, but only one where there are signs of life.

"I had to get out alive for her", he said.

Her husband somehow got the messages hours later. The last balance-sheet of the quake of Tuesday, reported 298 deaths, including 160 in Mexico city, 73 in the State of Morelos, and 45 in Puebla.

Looking at the huge pile of rubble, Hernandez started to comment.

"There is a lot of nervousness, a lot of desperation", he finally said. "I have not seen any extraction of any person".

Mexicans in the south of their country endured two temblors on Saturday, causing more fright to those grappling with the impacts of two strong earthquakes earlier this month.

The first days saw a dramatic scramble with picks, shovels and bare hands to reach survivors, and well over 100 were saved.

A dog has offered a glimmer of hope to Mexico City amid the devastation of the magnitude 7.1 natural disaster that shook the neighborhood to its core last week.

That means close to 1,000 were found to be unsafe, a figure that is expected to rise as more reviews are conducted.

Foreign teams from the U.S. and elsewhere worked with dogs and hi-tech gear to try to detect signs of life under the rubble. Authorities in Oaxaca declared that collapsed homes killed a woman in the town of Asuncion Ixtaltepec and a man in San Blas Atempa as walls fell on them, Fox News reported.

Rescue crews quickly evacuated five sites in the capital where they had been working. It was powerful enough to once again send residents running into the streets. "We went to eat to cheer ourselves up, looking for a little normality". Rescue workers in hard hats stood around at some rescue sites, awaiting further instructions.

"Those messages helped them know more or less where we were located", Pacheco said on Friday from her hospital bed, her voice weak.

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