When the last night fell in Coahuila state, relatives of the stranded workers cried and comforted each other, in one moment in whose chances of finding survivors dwindled with each passing hour. “What we want is to recover the bodies,” said Angelica Motilongo, who looked sad and tired, before expressing her hope again that her brother Jaime could be saved. “We have to have faith that they are alive,” she added. Soldiers, emergency personnel and rescue dogs were deployed in thearea mining of Aguita, in the municipality of Sabinas, in response to the latest disaster of this kind that hit Mexico’s most important coal-producing region.
“What I want with all my heart is that we save the miners … We must not lose faith and hope,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters in Mexico City.
Five workers survived the collapse last Wednesday and were taken in hospital, according to the national coordinator of civil protection, Laura Velazquez, adding that two of them have left the hospital. “Time is of the essence in this case, “he said. Authorities said the depth of the three entrances to the mine was 60 meters and the flood water level inside was 34 meters.
Velaskir acknowledged that the situation was “complicated”. He added that the authorities were making progress, however, and were pumping water “for the rescuers as quickly as possible.”
And it has sent about 230 soldiers and other government elements to the site, some 1,130 kilometers north of Mexico, the Defense Ministry announced.