Mexico City, Sep 15 (EFE).- Mexican authorities on Wednesday continued with rescue work after finding a young girl’s body buried in landslide debris from the Chiquihuite Hill in the town of Tlalnepantla, a poor area in greater Mexico City.
On Tuesday, rescue personnel removed the body of the 3-year-old girl after earlier recovering another body following the landslide last Friday.
The girl had been missing along with her young brother and her mother after their house was destroyed by the collapse of a portion of the hill on Sept. 10.
The Attorney General’s Office of Mexico state on Tuesday night confirmed on Twitter that the body of the girl, Mia Mayrin Campos, had been identified by relatives and would be turned over to them “soon.”
“After various work performed by the AG’s Office, the body of a 3-year-old child, recovered this afternoon in the area of the landslide at the Chiquihuite Hill, was identified by her relatives and will soon be turned over to them according to the appropriate protocols,” the office said.
Tlalnepantla municipal authorities confirmed the find and expressed their condolences to the girl’s relatives.
Local media outlets reported that the girl’s body was returned to relatives on Wednesday morning so that they can arrange the wake and funeral.
The landslide occurred on Friday with tons of earth cascading down the hillside and burying several homes.
The incident has resulted in two confirmed deaths and several injuries, and at least two people – Paola Daniela Campos Robledo, 22, and Jorge Dilan Mendoza Campos, 5 – are still missing.
Samuel Gutierrez, the Mexico state coordinator for Civil Protection and Risk Management, said Tuesday in an interview with the media that no signs of life have been detected in the landslide area, although search operations were continuing.
The landslide, which has shocked the nation but for which no official explanation has been offered so far, occurred in a marginalized urban zone where squatters had built ramshackle homes.
Local residents complained that they had alerted authorities to the possible risks of a landslide in the area, which had been listed in the government’s Risk Atlas due to the potentially dangerous conditions prevailing there.