As evidence suggest that someone may still be alive in the rubble but rescuers will continue their work, Mexico’s sub-secretary of Navy, Angel Enrique Sarmiento, said.
For days, Colegio Enrique Rebsamen was the site of a massive search and rescue operation offering a glimmer of hope in the chaotic wake of Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 quake. People were riveted by reports of the missing 12-year-old across the country, who watched the rescue efforts unfold live on television.
However, as police had determined the whereabouts of all of the school’s students, both alive and deceased, Sarmiento said.
25 dead — six adults and 19 children has been confirmed by police and 11 more have been sent to hospitals, he said. But there are signs that somebody may still be alive in the rubble, ” he added.
“We are certain that all the kids either passed away, are at local hospitals, or are sound and safe in their houses,” he told reporters.
Two earthquakes in 12 times
The rescue attempt was one of several searches underway Thursday, after dozens of buildings in central Mexico turned into debris and dust, killing at least 273 people.
Tuesday’s temblor was the next major one to hit the country in under two weeks, after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake further south on September 8, killing nearly 100 people. It hit on hours on the anniversary of the 1985 earthquake that killed an people in and around after a drill.
A national emergency was declared by President Enrique Peña Nieto, and the country is observing three days of national mourning. After losing their houses an number of people are staying at shelters around Mexico City. Schools have closed and millions remain without power.
Regardless of the president’s request while saving efforts continue, that people remain inside, residents and rescue teams are joining forces to search for survivors.
In the Condesa segment of Mexico City, a rescue operation was underway Thursday at a building that had housed an outsourcing firm. Elsewhere in the area, authorities blocked a road leading to a food processing firm that had been damaged.
59, Cristobal Perres Garcia, said authorities told him that one of his cousins — a worker at the food processing plant — was.
In Puebla state, southeast of Mexico City, the quake crumbled a church, killing a girl who was being baptized and 11 others attending the event, Gov. Tony Gali said. More than 9,700 houses and government buildings were damaged in the state, Gali said.
There were over 100 deaths in Mexico City, one of the most populous metropolises of North America with over 21 million people. Other deaths comprised 69 in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla state, 13 in the state of Mexico, four in Guerrero state and one in Oaxaca state, according to Luis Felipe Puente coordinator of civil defense for the Interior Ministry.
To supply some extent of the affected area, Oaxaca de Juarez, the capital of Oaxaca state, is nearly 480 kilometers (300 miles) from Mexico City.
‘I thought someone was kicking my seat’
About 2,000 public schools were damaged in Tuesday’s quake, Secretary of Public Education Aurelio Nuños said. Sixteen of the 212 affected schools in Mexico City had harm, he said.
At the Colegio Enrique Rabsamen that was private, where rescuers were trying to get to the girl, the temblor caused the college collapsing and sandwiching classroom.
Foro TV interviewed two girls who said they were doing their homework as the building began to shake.
“I thought someone was kicking my seat, but I turned around and no one was kicking me,” one girl told the station.
“The English teacher said there was a quake. Our teacher took us and that is when a part of the building began to come down. There was dust everywhere. We couldn’t see.”
The loss of lives weighed heavily on volunteers in the school site such as Ivan Ramos, whose son survived.
“This is a catastrophe,” he said. “It’s kids. It will have a while to heal.”