Soldiers search in a collapsed building after an earthquake in Mexico City, capital of Mexico, on Sept. 24, 2017. Mexico City mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, said on Sunday that there was still hope of finding survivors, five days after the 7.1 earthquake which shook the country on Tuesday. The death toll in Mexico City has reached 181 people, out of 319 dead nationwide. (Xinhua/Str)
MEXICO CITY, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Mexico City mayor, Miguel Angel Mancera, said on Sunday that there was still hope of finding survivors, five days after the 7.1 earthquake which shook the country on Tuesday.
"We still have hope of finding people alive," said Mancera at a press conference, where he provided updates.
The death toll in Mexico City has reached 181 people, out of 319 dead nationwide.
Rescue efforts by soldiers, police and volunteers continued on Sunday at a collapsed building along the central Alvaro Obregon thoroughfare, where people are still missing.
According to Mancera, the rescuing of survivors continues to be a priority and is being carried out in cooperation between national and international groups.
"We continue with the search and rescue offers, in absolutely all the places where there is still a possibility of finding someone alive," said Mancera.
Official reports state that 38 buildings were destroyed in the capital during the quake and that over 80 others are at imminent risk of collapse.
The mayor reported that on Sunday, 35 injured people remained in hospital, with 11 in serious condition. He added that local health staff had visited 330,000 homes, with psychological assistance being provided to 11,908 families.
Shelters across the city have welcomed around 2,700 people since the quake, with 1,900 of them still there.
The September 19 quake arrived 12 days after a 8.2 earthquake which killed around 100 people in the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.