Relatives Receive Messages From Quake Victims
Relatives receive messages from trapped earthquake victims in Mexico City. As workers frantically try to help rescue their way through the destroyed three-story school structure, where at least 21 children and four adults have been found dead, two families have received WhatsApp messages from two trapped girls. One of the girls, Fatima, sent a message to her relatives saying, “I’m fine, I’m with four other trapped children, help us, we’re thirsty.”
Up to 30 children and eight adults were declared missing, initially, in addition to those who were known to have died.
Rescue workers are working frantically, in the daylight and in the dark, using picks, shovels, and their hands as well as heavy lifting gear in an attempt to find survivors. Rescue workers must work with precision and be very careful as removing the wrong piece of concrete, rock, or whatever could cause the remains of the building to collapse even more.
Dr Pedro Serrano, a 29-year-old volunteer rescue worker, crawled through a crevice in the debris and successfully entered a destroyed classroom. He discovered three more bodies – one child and two adults. He was unable to remove the bodies because of the danger involved. He said, “We dug holes, then crawled on our bellies. We managed to get into a collapsed classroom. We saw some chairs and wooden tables. The next thing we saw was a leg, and then we started to move rubble and we found a girl and two adults a woman and a man.” He said he had not given up hope of finding more children alive. “We can hear small voices. We don’t know if they’re coming from above or below – from the walls above, or from someone below calling for help.”
The remaining victims have been pinned under the debris since last Tuesday when the powerful 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico City. The workers and the families still have hope that their loved one will be found alive.