Mexico City Crews Race to Save 3 People Trapped in School Rubble
Albanian Daily News
Published September 21, 2017
Rescue crews in Mexico City worked into the night Wednesday to free three people trapped in the rubble of a collapsed elementary school.
The search for a girl trapped in Colegio Enrique Rebsamen drew crowds of people searching for glimmers of hope amid the chaos. They gathered behind a barrier, offering supplies and a helping hand to rescuers calling out for assistance.
As night fell, rescuers made contact with the 12-year-old girl, and expanded their search after temperature readings suggested two others might be alive inside, CNN affiliate Foro TV reported. The crowds held as rain fell over the disaster zone and rescuers painstakingly made their way through the rubble.
"This is the spirit of us, of Mexico," volunteer Ivan Ramos of Mexico City said Wednesday night. "That's our community in general; it crosses classes -- if you are rich or poor -- and any other divide."
The elementary school was one of 16 schools in Mexico City to suffer serious damage in Tuesday's 7.1-magnitude earthquake. The tremblor caused part of the private elementary school to fold in on itself, sandwiching and collapsing classroom onto classroom.
At least 25 people -- 21 children and four adults -- were confirmed dead at the school, Luis Felipe Puente of the Ministry of the Interior's Civil Protection unit said Wednesday. As of Wednesday afternoon, three people were still missing there and 11 people had been rescued.
Foro TV interviewed two girls who said they were taking down their English homework as the building began to shake.
"I thought someone was kicking my chair, 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 to the stairs and that's when part of the building started to come down. There was dust everywhere. We couldn't see."