Mexico City(September 29, 2017): A week after an earthquake that killed more than 300 people, thousands of Mexicans were still unable to return to their badly damaged homes, much less their normal lives.
After a week of eerie quiet in Mexico City, the capital’s notorious traffic jams were visible again as the sprawling city of 20 million people began returning to work and school.
But many residents still had nowhere to go after losing everything in last Tuesday’s 7.1-magnitude quake.
“You think it will never happen to you. I’ve lost track of what day it is. All we’ve managed to do is find some donated clothing, because we were left with nothing but the clothes on our backs,” said journalist Gerardo Alvarez, a 31-year-old Venezuelan.
They are hunting for a new apartment, but prices in undamaged buildings have soared in the past week, he told.
He and his wife have been staying with friends since the quake, which left their apartment building on the verge of collapse.