In the city of Asuncion Ixtaltepec, north of Juchitan, neighbours gathered around the home of Eduardo Peralta, a father who they say died protecting his son during the magnitude 8.1 earthquake that shook Mexico Thursday.
Peralta’s nephew told CNN en Español he found Peralta embracing his son inside their collapsed home. The father was dead, but the son survived the earthquake and is being treated at a hospital, family members said.
The death toll has risen up to Ninety people in the earthquake that struck off Mexico’s southern coast. It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people
The majority of the deaths were in Oaxaca state, where many homes and buildings collapsed. Oaxaca’s governor Alejandro Murat said Saturday that 71 people had died in his state, Oaxaca’s Civil Protection Agency said via Twitter.
Relief and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend.
In the city of Juchitan, rescuers used floodlights to illuminate a giant pile of debris.
“Can anyone hear me?” they shouted as they searched for survivors among the debris, using dogs to help in the search.
In other parts of Juchitan, operators used heavy machinery to clear roads. Soldiers tapped to help with relief efforts worked with shovels to move smaller debris out of the way.
At least 15 people died in neighbouring Chiapas, and its governor Manuel Velasco said about 41,000 houses were damaged, estimating nearly 1.5 million people were affected. Furthermore, in the state of Tabasco, four deaths were also registered.
Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to about 9 million people, are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico.
The quake’s epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, some 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) southeast of Mexico’s capital and 74 miles (120 kilometers) off the coast.
President Enrique Pena Nieto declared three days of national mourning, and pledged to rebuild shattered towns and villages.