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Rescuers Continue Search for Life in Mexico City Amid Devastation of Deadly Earthquake

Gisela Salomon and Maria Verza - Associated Press
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September 22, 2017



Volunteers in Mexico City earthquake rescue effort (DW English)

Donate: How You Can Help Central Mexico Earthquake Victims (Care2)

Survivors are still being pulled from rubble in Mexico City as rescue operations stretch into a fourth day Friday, spurring hope among desperate relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

Mexico’s federal police said several people were lifted out of the debris of two buildings Thursday. Rescuers removed or broke through slabs until they found cracks that allowed workers to wiggle through to reach the victims, then lift them to safety. The city government said 60 people in all had been rescued since the quake hit at midday Tuesday.

Still, with the hours passing, fewer of the living were being found, and the official death toll rose to 286, with more than half, 148, in the capital. National Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente tweeted early Friday that there were also 73 deaths in the state of Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.



The time was nearing when rescuers would be replaced by bulldozers to clear rubble, but officials went to great pains to say it was still a rescue operation.

Puente acknowledged that backhoes and bulldozers were starting to clear away some wrecked buildings where no one had been detected or where teetering piles of rubble threatened to collapse on neighboring structures.

“It is false that we are demolishing structures where there could be survivors,” Puente said. “The rescue operations will continue, and they won’t stop.”

Those who witnessed the buildings collapse said the tragedy could have been much worse. Some buildings didn’t fall immediately, giving people time to escape, and some shattered but left airspaces where occupants survived.

In other cases, the salvation seemed almost miraculous.

Read the rest at Boston.com

Related: Israeli Rescue Team Applauded in the Streets of Mexico (Times of Israel)

Related: Against the Clock, But Rescue Efforts in Mexico Will Not Stop (Prensa Latina)

Related: Young Mexicans at Heart of Earthquake Recovery (Associated Press)

Related: Small Town of Jojutla Shows Another Face of Mexico’s Deadly Earthquake (CBS Philly)

Related: Mexico Earthquake: Who Is Frida Sofia? Mexican Authorities Just Don't Know (Newsweek)

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