Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Emergency at the #ColegioEnriqueRebsamen in México City after the last Earthquake: Over Thirty Children Already Dead.

Photo: Infobae
These are very sad days in México City. There are still children trapped inside of what's left of the Colegio Enrique Rébsamen in México City after the earthquake yesterday. The infants were and are as young as preschool age, and over thirty of them have already been confirmed dead.

This happened right on the anniversary of another tectonic movement in 1985 which left over ten thousand people dead, and two weeks after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake that shook most of Southwestern México. Classes have been cancelled in Puebla, Hidalgo, Oaxaca and other areas, and a state of emergency has been declared.

Dozens of people have lost their lives in Puebla, and forty six buildings have collapsed in its Capitol. The Azteca Stadium now has a crack, although it has been said that this damage does not undermine its integrity.

The headquarters of the National Employment Service in México City has been left too unsafe to reenter, and at least twenty other structures there have collapsed there. But the biggest emergency is the one taking place at the Colegio Enrique Rébsamen.

A little girl who seems to be okay but is still trapped at the school can be heard saying, "daddy, daddy," in a video shown by Milenio Noticias. And a woman who can only be heard from between the concrete the slabs that used to be walls clearly screams: "And tell my husband that I am here too." "Yes ma'am, we will do", responds one of the rescuers.

I am sure that they are doing everything they can do to help those children. It has already been twenty four hours. I also think that we can use all the help that we can get.

By the way, I heard that the Los Angeles Fire Department has dozens of rescuers just waiting to be called to be sent to either México or Puerto Rico, where Hurricane María has just left the Boricuas without electricity.

Panamanian first responders and emergency expert from other Central American countries have also lent their hand. Incredibly,  past tragedies have made Mexico City residents very resilient, and it seems like everyone has become a rescuer during these hard times.

Hundreds of Mexicans pass buckets of debris at each of the sites where the clock is very ticking very fast. I hope that each and one of the children at the Colegio Enrique Rébsamen get rescued.

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