San Antonio residents trying to locate family after earthquake in Mexico

KENS 5 spoke with the Mexican Consulate regarding communication between loved ones in the U.S. and Mexico City.

SAN ANTONIO - The death toll in the aftermath of Tuesday's 7.1-magnitude earthquake in Mexico has risen to 225. The earthquake knocked down dozens of buildings, leaving a path of destruction in Mexico City and surrounding areas.

Police, firefighters and other Mexican residents dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings on Wednesday looking for survivors of Mexico's deadliest earthquake in decades. Buildings fell at 44 sites in the capital city.

People at the Mexican Consulate in San Antonio are still in shock.

"It feels terrible. It is very sad because you don't know if your family is okay or what is happening. It isn't just your family, but everyone who is in danger," Jose Muniz said.

Widespread power outages are making communication difficult. Miguel Autista says that he spent much of Tuesday attempting to locate his family members.

"I tried communicating by phone, then by WhatsApp, and by WhatsApp I was able to [locate my family]," Autista said. "They started telling me that nothing happened and I felt great peace knowing that my family was okay." 

The Mexican Consul General in San Antonio, Reyna Torres, says that authorities are focusing on the rescue effort.

"We don't have the logistics to organize the distribution and the reception of donations," Torres said. "In kind, there is no need for additional items. There are enough."

© 2017 KENS-TV


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