Five days on, hopes fade in Mexico City quake rescue operations

Yet authorities were still listening to anguished families who insisted that painstaking rescue operations continue at a handful of sites.

Five days on, hopes fade in Mexico City quake rescue operations

World Bulletin / News Desk

Hopes of finding more survivors after Mexico City's devastating quake dwindled to virtually nothing on Sunday, five days after the 7.1 tremor rocked the heart of the mega-city, toppling dozens of buildings and killing more than 300 people.

Foreign teams from Japan, the US and elsewhere were working with dogs and hi-tech gear to try to detect signs of life under the rubble.

In the first three days, 69 people were pulled out alive. But since Friday only bodies have been recovered.

A series of smaller earthquakes in the south of Mexico on Saturday -- including a 6.1-magnitude one that triggered seismic alerts in the capital -- stoked panic in a population traumatized by Tuesday's disaster.

Authorities said two people died in the southern state of Oaxaca, where tectonic upheaval was centered. A bridge buckled and collapsed, as did several other previously damaged structures.

In Mexico City, two women, one aged in her 80s, the other 52, died of heart attacks as they tried to evacuate their homes.

Others prayed the rocking earth wasn't going to swell into a new catastrophe.

"Oh God, have mercy," exclaimed one resident, Teresa Martinez, 74, who stood in the street with other women, all crying.

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