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Rescuers aren’t giving up in search for earthquake survivors in Mexico

September 24, 2017 - 7:08pm

MEXICO CITY — As officials turn their focus to rebuilding, rescuers continued to search for survivors in the remnants of collapsed buildings five days after a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico, killing at least 319 people.

In Mexico City, rescuers Sunday continued to dig through the ruins of collapsed buildings, including at an office building in the central neighborhood of Condesa and at a school where 21 children died in the southern part of the city.

Experts say the chance of finding survivors decreases so many days after an earthquake, but rescuers have vowed to press on.

During a tour of Jiquipilas in the southern state of Chiapas, President Enrique Pena Nieto looked ahead, urging people to be strong as they begin to rebuild.

“United together in all of Mexico, we will face this task of reconstruction and see that things return to normal,” he said.

Rescue efforts were briefly paused after an aftershock hit Saturday morning, with a magnitude of 6.1. It was centered about 325 miles southeast of Mexico City in the state of Oaxaca, the region that took the brunt of a magnitude 8.1 quake on Sept. 7.

At least 69 people in the city have been rescued. The Mexican navy said it rescued 115 people and recovered 102 bodies.

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