Rescuers in Mexico City stepped up their efforts Thursday to find any more survivors in the rubble of a school, two days after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake killed at least 245 people and injured more than 2,000 others.
For more than a day, rescuers at the Enrique Rebsamen school on the capital’s south side said they were trying to free a 12-year-old girl. However, officials announced Thursday afternoon there were no children trapped — but an adult, possibly a school worker, may still be in the rubble alive.
Twenty-one children and five adults are now confirmed to have died at the school.
The debris removed from the school changed as crews worked their way deeper, from huge chunks of brick and concrete to pieces of wood that looked like remnants of desks and paneling to a load that contained a half dozen sparkly hula-hoops.
Rescuers carried in lengths of wide steel pipe big enough for someone to crawl through, apparently trying to create a tunnel into the collapsed slabs of the three-story school building. But a heavy rain fell during the night, and the tottering pile of rubble had to be shored up with hundreds of wooden beams.