Thursday, October 05, 2017

Search for bodies concludes in quake-stricken Mexican capital

ruins of a building
The search and rescue operation in this capital following the magnitude-7.1 earthquake that struck central Mexico on Sept. 19 formally concluded Wednesday with the retrieval of the last remaining body from the ruins of a building.

"There are no longer any people listed as missing as a result of the earthquake," national emergency services coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said during a meeting chaired by President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The body found in the wee hours of Wednesday brought the quake death toll in Mexico City to 228 and the overall total to 369.

The bodies of all the victims have been returned to their families, Puente said.

Teams from Mexico and 15 foreign countries managed to pull 69 people alive from the wreckage of collapsed structures.

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