World The Mexican city with the highest number of quake deaths mourns — and gets to work

10:46  10 september  2017
10:46  10 september  2017 Source:   MSN

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In this city that has recorded more than half of the earthquake’s fatalities, residents on Saturday had turned to the work of mourning the dead and Peña Nieto declared a three-day period of national mourning and vowed to help rebuild. By Saturday, the country’s total death toll had risen to 65 people.

The Mexican city with the highest number of quake deaths mourns — and gets to work .

A family member laments the death of 64-year-old Reynalda Matus, as mourners prepare to bury her, at Miercoles Santo Cemetery in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on Saturday.© Rebecca Blackwell/AP A family member laments the death of 64-year-old Reynalda Matus, as mourners prepare to bury her, at Miercoles Santo Cemetery in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on Saturday.

JUCHITAN, Mexico — The Catholic priest waited out the earthquake in his spartan quarters, praying that the walls would stand. When he stepped out alone into the colonial courtyard late Thursday, his place of worship had transformed into a ghoulish scene of destruction.

He took in the shattered bell tower, collapsed church walls, two cars pancaked under the rubble. Across the plaza, school classrooms had been flattened. A few blocks away, city hall lay in ruins.

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“I couldn’t believe it,” said ­Lucio Santiago Santiago, 58, the priest at the San Vicente Ferrer church, its foundation dating to the 16th century, in the city that endured some of the most extreme damage from Mexico’s massive earthquake. Within minutes, he said, residents were screaming and shouting about the dead. “It was chaos.”

“This is a historic temple dear to the people’s heart,” Santiago said. “And look at it now.”

In this city that has recorded more than half of the earthquake’s fatalities, residents on Saturday had turned to the work of mourning the dead and cleaning up the wreckage. Teams of rescue workers with K-9 units searched through rubble for possible survivors while construction workers with backhoes and dump trucks cleared debris. Soldiers and police had sealed off several blocks around the city square while funeral processions passed amid downed power lines and broken glass. At least 36 people are known to have died here.

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The death toll, a number which is disputed, is most often cited to be 10,000 people, but many agree that the number Mexican President Miguel de la Madrid declared a period of mourning starting from September 20. “Gavin got a helicopter and wanted to personally survey the damage in Mexico City ”.

FSU Seminoles. Gene Frenette. High Schools. The 64-year-old woman was working the night shift at a neighborhood pharmacy when the quake struck Thursday night, collapsing the building. Scenes of mourning were repeated over and over again in Juchitan, where a third of the city ’s homes

On Friday night, President Enrique Peña Nieto said that in Juchitan, a city of about 100,000 people in the state of Oaxaca, a third of homes either collapsed or were left uninhabitable by the earthquake. In block after block, there are houses with crumbled concrete walls or collapsed ceramic-tile roofs. Peña Nieto declared a three-day period of national mourning and vowed to help rebuild. By Saturday, the country’s total death toll had risen to 65 people.

The 8.2-magnitude earthquake that began a few minutes before midnight Thursday was centered in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico’s southwestern coast. The rumbling was felt for hundreds of miles and caused buildings to sway in Mexico City. But the damage to lives and property was clustered in southern states such Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco.

Residents in Juchitan are now sleeping outside: in their patios, in the street, or in makeshift hammock camps in parks and plazas. The injured are being treated in the hospital or in clinics converted into triage centers.

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High 70°. Scenes of mourning were repeated over and over again in Juchitan, where a third of the city ’s homes collapsed “Everybody got out as best they could.” In addition to the deaths in Juchitan, nine other people died in Oaxaca, while 19 people were killed by the quake in neighboring states.

The 64-year-old woman was working the night shift at a neighborhood pharmacy when the quake Scenes of mourning were repeated over and over again in Juchitan, where a third of the city ’s “Everybody got out as best they could.” In addition to the deaths in Juchitan, nine other people died

Martin Toral Nolasco, a 45-year-old chiropractor who runs a small clinic, said he had helped treat residents with broken arms and femurs.

Toral, who is sleeping with his family in the patio of his house, said that because of aftershocks, many residents are afraid to sleep in damaged houses. Prices are skyrocketing in the stores that remain open, he said, as is the cost of a taxi. He said he worries about robberies and possible looting.

“We are starting to see shortages of food,” Toral said.

“It’s about to explode.”

Outside the city, on the road along the coast from the tourist town of Huatulco, residents worked to repair damage, fixing broken windows, repairing roofs and clearing away small landslides or scattered boulders that had spilled onto the road.

But the earthquake seemed to have concentrated its furies in Juchitan and surrounding towns in the isthmus region in Oaxaca, where Mexico’s waist narrows.

Even as recovery began, Mexico was forced to juggle another emergency, as Hurricane Katia made landfall Friday night along the Gulf Coast, in the state of Veracruz. At least two people died in a mudslide from the storm, which blasted the coastline with 75 mph winds, according to the state governor. Several thousand had evacuated the area.

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