Mexico Rescuers Eager To Resume Work After Rain

Officials say scores of people have been rescued alive from collapse buildings, but at least 286 are known to be dead.

Rescuers work to save people from the rubble on Sept. 20.

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Latest on Mexico’s major earthquake (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Cristal Estrada is pacing back and forth with a blanket wrapped around her near the tent where she spent the night on the street in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighborhood.

She is worried about her brother Martin, a 31-year-old accountant, who is believed to be in the remains of a seven-story office building across the street that collapsed in Tuesday’s earthquake.

Estrada says she’s frustrated that she can’t do anything herself to help remove the rubble. Rescuers continue to say there’s life in the wrecked building, but there’s no telling whether that includes her brother.

Estrada worries that “they do not have much time in there.”

Officials say scores of people have been rescued alive from collapse buildings, but at least 286 are known to be dead.
8:35 a.m.

Rescue efforts were suspended overnight at a quake-collapsed seven-story building in Mexico City’s Roma Norte neighborhood as rain drenched the area and destabilized the pile of rubble.

Workers were eager to restart under overcast but dry conditions as soon as experts confirm it’s safe to do so.

Jose Gutierrez is a relative of someone believed to be in the wreckage of the building, and also a civil engineer.

He gathered other families of the missing amid an ad-hoc campsite of tents, tarps and plastic chairs on Friday to let them know what was going on.

A list of 46 names of missing people was attached to a nearby lamppost.

Gutierrez’s voice broke with emotion as he spoke: “My family is there. I want them to get out, so … we go onward.”

Rescuers from countries including the United States, Israel, Japan and Panama were at the site.
7:55 a.m.

Mexican authorities have raised the death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake to 286, with more than half of them in the capital.

National Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Puente says 148 people are confirmed dead in Mexico City.

He reports in a tweet sent Friday that there were also 73 deaths in the state of Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.

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