By Chantal Flores—Aljazeera—September 10, 2017—
As death toll climbs to 90, residents of town hit by the 8.1-temblor say authorities reacted too slowly to their plight.
Asuncion Ixtaltepec, Mexico – Public safety director Jersey Rios drove around this southern town with police officers to assess the damage caused by the deadly 8.1-magnitude quake – the most powerful to hit the country in 85 years.
Between 14,000 and 16,000 people live here, but only a team of 11 policemen can assist the town.
“Nobody has come to offer us help. It’s a miracle we’re alive,” resident Julian Gomez told Al Jazeera.
Gomez was on the second floor of his house with his wife and seven-year-old daughter when the first tremors were felt just before midnight. The family was about to run down the stairs to exit the house, but his wife suddenly froze. In a split second, the house collapsed, and they landed on the first floor with no injuries – not even a scratch.