MEXICO IS IN MOURNING

September 10th, 2017 | by Sukumar Roy
MEXICO IS IN MOURNING
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MEXICO IN Central America close to the border of   United States of America has suffered immensely following a massive hurricane and earthquake  jolted the economically backward nation.
According to latest data as many as 66 persons are dead and many others are undergoing treatment after sustaining injuries.
Mexico mourns 66 dead after twin punch of earthquake, hurricane
Hardest hit was Juchitan, a Oaxaca state city is stated to be the hardest hit by the  twin natutral calamities. Thirtysix  36 people died when the magnitude 8.1 quake toppled buildings, reports local media.
Rescuers searched for survivors with sniffer dogs and used heavy machinery to pull rubble away from city hall.
Slow-moving funeral processions converged on one of Juchitan’s cemeteries from all directions today sometimes causing temporary gridlock when they encountered each other at intersections. The cemetery swelled with mourners and noisy serenades for the dead. Pallbearers carried the caskets around rubble the quake had knocked from the simple concrete crypts.
Jittery amid continued aftershocks, friends and relatives of the deceased had hushed conversations in the Zapotec language as they stood under umbrellas for shade from the beating sun.
Fearful of crime, the pharmacies remained locked, and Escamilla Matus wondered if that had cost his mother the time she needed to escape.
Scenes of mourning were repeatedly witnessed   in Juchitan, where a third of the city’s homes collapsed or were uninhabitable, President Enrique Pena Nieto said late on Friday in an interview with the Televisa news network. Part of the city hall collapsed.
The remains of brick walls and clay tile roofs cluttered streets as families dragged mattresses onto sidewalks to spend a second anxious night sleeping outdoors.
Rescuers searched for survivors with sniffer dogs and used heavy machinery at the main square to pull rubble away from city hall, where a missing police officer was believed to be inside.
The city’s civil defense coordinator, Jose Antonio Marin Lopez, said similar searches had been going on all over the area.
Teams found bodies in the rubble, but the highlight was pulling four people, including two children, alive from the completely collapsed Hotel Del Rio, where one woman died.
“The priority continues to be the people,”says PM.
“I only woke up when I heard screaming,” said the 24- year-old cradling her wrapped arm.
Her mother managed to just push the daughters and her blind husband through the back doorway before a massive section of thick wall fell, trapping her.
As Larissa tried to help rescue her mother, another piece of rubble fell, breaking her arm. Other relatives and friends finally managed to release the trapped woman.
All around them people yelled for help that night.
“Nobody helped us,” her sister Vicenta said. “Everybody got out as best they could.”
In addition to the deaths in Juchitan, nine other people died in Oaxaca, while twenty-five people were killed by the quake in neighboring states. Two others died in a mudslide in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz after Hurricane Katia hit late yesterday.
Pena Nieto said authorities were working to re-establish supplies of water and food and provide medical attention to those who need it. He vowed the government would help rebuild.
A total of 428 homes have been destroyed and 1,700 damaged in  CHIAPAS.
Power was cut at least briefly to more than 1.8 million people due to the quake, and authorities closed schools in at least 11 states to check them for safety.
The Interior Department reported that 428 homes were destroyed and 1,700 were damaged just in Chiapas, the state closest to the epicenter.
One day later, Hurricane Katia hit land north of Tecolutla in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and maximum sustained winds of 120 kmph.
Veracruz Governor Miguel Angel Yunes said two people died in a mudslide related to the storm, and he said some rivers had risen to near flood stage, but there were no reports of major damage.
Veracruz and neighboring Puebla states evacuated more than 4,000 people ahead of the storm’s arrival.
What Mexicans badly need urgently is massive financial and material assistance to rebuild the infrastructure,say some govt officials.

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