MEXICO CITY – Members of Spain’s Military Emergencies Unit (UME), along with Mexican rescue teams, were continuing to work early Wednesday at the site of a collapsed building on Alvaro Obregon Avenue in Mexico City, trying to find bodies or possible survivors of the magnitude-7.1 earthquake that struck south-central Mexico on Sept. 19.
“Meter by meter, kilo by kilo, our (workers) continue to open space amid the rubble along with teams from #Mexico,” the UME said on Twitter.
On Tuesday, Mexico’s emergency management chief said the death toll from that powerful earthquake had risen to 333.
Luis Felipe Puente, national Civil Protection coordinator, said that 194 people had died in Mexico City, 74 in the central state of Morelos, 45 in the central state of Puebla, 13 in the central state of Mexico, six in the southern state of Guerrero and one in the southern state of Oaxaca.
“Rescue teams have worked tirelessly and with a willingness to continue until no one else is still searching for a family member,” Puente said.
The death toll rose further after several bodies were found amid the rubble at the building on Alvaro Obregon Avenue in Mexico’s capital.
Puente has said that rescue teams will cease efforts to find survivors on Thursday.