Mex­ico earth­quake toll reaches 286

Global Times - Weekend - - WORLD -

Des­per­ate res­i­dents left home­less by Mex­ico’s dead­li­est earth­quake in a gen­er­a­tion gath­ered in a tent vil­lage in the south of the cap­i­tal on Fri­day, as the death toll climbed to 286 and signs of ex­haus­tion gripped res­cuers three days af­ter the tremor.

Tues­day’s 7.1 mag­ni­tude quake lev­eled some 52 build­ings in the sprawl­ing Mex­i­can cap­i­tal, spark­ing a fren­zied hunt for sur­vivors and prompt­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties to outdo each other with pledges of do­na­tions to the res­cue ef­forts ahead of next year’s elec­tion.

Across the city of 20 mil­lion peo­ple, the ex­tent of dam­age from the quake was be­com­ing ap­par­ent, with many peo­ple whose dwellings had be­come un­in­hab­it­able seek­ing some­where to call home, rais­ing the risk of a hous­ing short­age in com­ing weeks.

De­spite dim­ming hopes of find­ing more sur­vivors, Pres­i­dent En­rique Pena Ni­eto in­sisted res­cue op­er­a­tions would con­tinue.

Lo­cal me­dia re­ported that mil­i­tary of­fi­cials pulled two peo­ple from the wreck­age of a tex­tile fac­tory in the cen­tral Colo­nia Obr­era neigh­bor­hood of the cap­i­tal late on Thurs­day, though it was not im­me­di­ately clear if they sur­vived.

In the Gi­ra­soles com­plex in the south of the city, of­fi­cials cor­doned off large ar­eas of the de­vel­op­ment af­ter two of its roughly 30 apart­ment build­ings col­lapsed. A hand­writ­ten sign across the street listed 14 peo­ple said to have died there.

An­guished res­i­dents, who were given a se­ries of 20-minute blocks of time to col­lect be­long­ings from their apart­ments, feared their homes could be turned to rub­ble once in­spec­tors have de­ter­mined which may need to be de­mol­ished if they are a risk to pub­lic safety.

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