We had updated you yesterday already of the horrors experienced in Mexico city during the terrible 7.1 earthquakes. At this moment the death toll stands at a whopping 220 and help is pouring in from all over the world.
The Trump administration has sent a message of warmth and sympathy and promised Mexico to help wherever it is needed.
Many news outlets will have told you of the horrifying ordeal of the 21 children that died when their elementary school caved in and they were trapped.
Many more such stories emerged from the Mexican cities which were hit during the quake.
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One of those stories is that of the Santiago Apostol church in the town of Atzala in Puebla state, where the baptism of a 2 month old baby was ongoing and the whole family was watching on as the roof collapsed during the earthquake. As a result, the tragedy leaves 11 members of the same family dead, including the baby, whilst only the priest, his assistant and the family father survived.
The priest assistant, Mr. Lorenzo Sanchez, told of the events: “It was a scene of horror, sadness with most of the people inside the church dying. One of the things they taught us is to stick to the firm walls of our church, which is old and its structure a bit deteriorated.”
Sanchez explained that anyone who ran for the edges of the church survived, whilst those that were too old or too surprised to move when the roof came crashing down died instantly.
When the ground finally stopped shaking, the priest called upon all the towns’ residents to come and help with shovels, pickaxes, and chains.
For hours the people of Atzala dug up everything covered underneath the church’s collapsed roof, but unfortunately, all they could find were the lifeless bodies of the 11 family members.
The wake was quickly organized in Puebla, the state capital, so mourners could say their last goodbyes.