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Crews Continue to Search for Survivors of Mexican Quake - 2003-01-23


In western Mexico, rescue crews continue to sift through the rubble of collapsed homes and buildings for survivors from Tuesday's earthquake, which killed at least 29 people.

Two days after the devastating earthquake, people are mourning the loss of loved ones and trying to salvage what is left of their belongings.

Thousands of people are homeless in the state of Colima, as a result of the 7.8 magnitude quake. Officials say 10,000 houses were damaged, and about a thousand of those were completely destroyed.

In the state of Jalisco, 750 people have been left homeless. President Vicente Fox briefly visited the region Wednesday. He promised to rebuild homes, but asked for "time and patience." Most of the people who lost their homes are poor, and have no means to replace what took them years to build.

Electricity has been restored in most areas, although running water is still a problem in many communities.

Many people slept in the streets again, fearing further destruction from aftershocks. And not everyone wanted to stay in temporary shelters, but chose instead to stay close to home to protect their belongings.

There have been more than 40 aftershocks, some with more than 4.5 magnitude. The initial quake was centered off Mexico's Pacific coast, and felt some 500 kilometers away in Mexico City.

Amid concerns about the economic impact of the quake, the tourism secretary emphasized that Colima's tourist areas, like the Port of Manzanillo, reported no damage.

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