No girl trapped in collapsed Mexico school; all students are accounted for, officials say

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ABOVE: Rescue efforts to save a girl trapped under the rubble of her Mexico City were halted shortly on Thursday after rubble partially collapsed and a false earthquake alarm went off – Sep 21, 2017

All students are accounted for at a school that has been at the focus of international attention after a devastating earthquake near Mexico City.

The 7.1-magnitude quake, which struck Wednesday afternoon, has killed at least 273 people, left over 2,000 injured and collapsed dozens of buildings in the area.

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At the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school, which has been the focus of international attention, crews pulled brick and concrete out of the rubble for over 24 hours straight.

They were searching for a girl who was supposedly trapped in the rubble, dubbed “Frida Sofia” by media. Rescuers had apparently said the 12-year-old was partially visible, and that they were “just metres away from getting to the children.”

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The Mexican Navy released a statement appealing for information about the little girl but said no relatives have come forward.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for the Navy said there are no missing children.

“We want to emphasize that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl,” Navy assistant secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento said.

Sarmiento said there is still evidence of a person who may still be alive in the collapsed school, but he said it’s probably a school worker.

“We are certain that all the children either passed away, are in local hospitals, or are safe and sound in their houses,” he said, CNN reported.

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Sarmiento said 11 children were rescued alive after the quake, while 19 children and six adults died.

The only girl enrolled at the school named Frida was contacted, the Washington Post reported, and was found safe in her bed.

It’s not clear how the story of “Frida Sofia” first emerged, but she quickly became an international sensation as cameras filmed the nearly 30-hour attempt to enter the school.

“This is just like Mexican politics, incredible,” Edgar Felix, a freelance journalist in Mexico, told the Washington Post. “This was just a media spectacle.”

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Rescue efforts are continuing into Day 3 throughout Central Mexico.

Some residents are frustrated amid rumours that authorities plan on using heavy machinery that could risk bringing down buildings when people are still inside them.

“I think they should wait until they take the last one out,” Maria del Carmen Fernandez said.

Seeking to dispel the rumours, National Civil Protection chief Luis Felipe Puente tweeted that heavy machinery “is NOT being used” in search-and-rescue efforts.

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“The search and rescue is not being suspended anywhere it is believed that trapped people exist,” Puente said in a separate tweet.

  • With files from the Associated Press

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