Mexico’s biggest earthquake in a century has killed 65 people, while elsewhere two died in mudslides unleashed by storm Katia.
Rescuers were seen pulling bodies from the rubble and grieving families carried coffins through the streets on Saturday.
Officials raised the death toll from Thursday night’s quake as more bodies were found in the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas.
According to reports, in the town of Juchitan, Oaxaca, hundreds of families spent the night camped in the streets, too scared to go back inside for fear of aftershocks.
The Mexican Seismological Service reported 721 aftershocks.
On Saturday, people in Juchitan queued up for food at a shop window as families carried flowers and wreaths, and eventually coffins.
Ignacio Chavez said his son died in the quake.
“He didn’t have time to get out and the building completely collapsed,” Chavez told AFP.
“It was a very old building, over 200 years old, and unfortunately out of the seven people who were inside only four were able to be rescued. The other three died.”
Authorities raised the overall death toll throughout Saturday.
In Juchitan, emergency teams with search dogs found the body of a policeman under the rubble of city hall.
Members of the “Topos” (Moles), a specialized rescue team, search for survivors in Juchitan de Zaragoza following the earthquake that hit Mexico/AFP
Federal civil protection chief Luis Felipe Puente told Televisa three more people were found dead in Chiapas state.
Meanwhile , President Enrique Pena Nieto described the quake as “the largest registered in our country in at least the past 100 years” stronger even than a devastating 1985 earthquake that killed more than 10,000 people in Mexico City.
People gather on a street in Mexico City following a 8.1 magnitude earthquake that struck in the south late Thursday and was felt as far away as the capital/AFP
Mexico’s seismology service measured Thursday’s quake at magnitude 8.2.
The US Geological Survey measured it at 8.1, the same magnitude as the 1985 disaster.
The epicenter of Thursday’s quake was in the Pacific Ocean, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) off the town of Tonala in Chiapas.topics from