A rattled Mexico starts to pick up the pieces after deadly quake



Desperation set in as Mexico reeled Saturday in the wake of a pair of deadly disasters that struck the country from both coasts.


Recovery efforts were under way near the epicenter of one of the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit the nation. The massive 8.1 quake killed at least 61 people, authorities said.


Rescuers scoured the rubble left after thousands of buildings were toppled in the southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca, where many are feared trapped under stone and concrete.


The quake struck off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday.

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Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto declared three days of national mourning.


Simultaneously, officials were readying for the possibility of flooding and landslides along the eastern coast after Hurricane Katia made landfall late Friday as a Category 1 storm.

Rescuers scoured the rubble left after thousands of buildings were toppled in the southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca, where many are feared trapped under stone and concrete.

Rescuers scoured the rubble left after thousands of buildings were toppled in the southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca, where many are feared trapped under stone and concrete.

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Torrential rains pounded the villages of Veracruz, where two people were killed by a mudslide, according to Gov. Miguel Angel.


The Hurricane Center said Katia could still bring 3 to 6 inches of additional rain to a region prone to deadly flooding.

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Peña Nieto announced Friday that the earthquake killed 45 people in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco.


The toll included 36 dead in Juchitan, located on the narrow waist of Oaxaca known as the Isthmus, where a hospital and about half the city hall also collapsed into rubble.


Many spent the night sleeping outside out of fear of aftershocks.


“We are all collapsed, our homes and our people,” said Rosa Elba Ortiz Santiago, 43, who sat with her teenage son and more than a dozen neighbors on an assortment of chairs. “We are used to earthquakes, but not of this magnitude.”

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