Rescuers removed dirt and debris bucketful by bucketful and passed a scanner over the rubble of the school every hour or so to search for heat signatures that could indicate trapped survivors. Some parents told a local newspaper that they had received WhatsApp messages from children trapped in the building, though the reports could not be confirmed. Dozens of buildings have collapsed, while many others are so damaged that they’ve been deemed unfit for habitation.
“Assistant Navy Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento says there is evidence of a person who may still alive, but he says it’s probably a school worker”.
Frida Sofia’s name has reached local and global media, with people tuning in on the news, anticipating her rescue.
Rodrigo Heredia, a 13-year-old student, told a Televisa reporter in Spanish that he escaped the building because of an natural disaster drill held earlier in the day on Tuesday. The Sept. 19 quake that shook Mexico City and surrounding states was the latest in a string of natural disasters to hit Mexico amid the regular stream of crime and corruption plaguing the country. “Today, more than ever, we invite the community of God to join in solidarity for our brothers who are suffering various calamities that have struck our country”.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto declared three days of national mourning as the death toll reached 137 in Mexico City alone. She said she had heard that 14 people were believed to be still alive inside. “That will help the rescuers continue their efforts”.
In Mexico City’s Colonia Obrera neighborhood, cheers erupted from more than 1,000 volunteers and officials after they pulled a survivor from the rubble of a textile factory Thursday.
Mexican soldiers and volunteers, supported by teams from as far afield as Israel and Japan, have so far rescued at least 60 people from the ruins in Mexico City and surrounding towns. She told rescuers there are two others trapped with her, ABC reported. But contrary to what had been said several leaders since Tuesday, the mexican authorities have denied Thursday afternoon in the presence of a young girl living 12 years in the rubble of the school Enrique Rebsamen, which collapsed during the quake Tuesday.
Most of the worldwide news has been focused on the earthquake’s impact in Mexico City, but only about half of the associated deaths actually occurred there.