Up to 1,000 quake-hit Mexico City buildings at risk of being demolished: mayor

Added On October 6, 2017

MEXICO CITY, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Between 800 and 1,000 buildings in Mexico City sustained structural damage from a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck central Mexico in mid-September, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said on Thursday.

Another 1,193 buildings need to be reinspected to determine whether they should be lumped together with the 800 to 1,000 badly-damaged buildings or repaired, he said.

"They are properties that we need to look at in greater detail," said Mancera.

With the inspection of the city's infrastructure 94 percent complete, experts have reviewed about 8,405 buildings reported to have sustained some degree of damage, and classified them into three categories: green for reparable minor or superficial damage, yellow for more extensive damage, and red for severe structural damage.

The majority of buildings inspected, 4,766 properties, only suffered minor damage and are habitable, he said.

The Sept. 19 quake claimed 369 lives, including 228 in the capital and the remainder in surrounding and nearby states.

At least 38 buildings collapsed in the quake and some 16 city residents remained hospitalized, three of them in serious condition.

On Wednesday, search teams retrieved the body of a man from an office building that collapsed in the city's central Roma district, before the rescue efforts were officially called off.