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MEXICO CITY (CBSMiami) — The death toll continues to rise following Mexico City’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake.

At least 245 people are feared dead and crews are working around the clock to find those who are missing.

Rescuers and bucket brigades cleared mountains of debris for a third day in an effort to reach people buried alive in Mexico City.

Lourdes Escamilla, 27, is holding out hope that her husband Sahid will be pulled to safety.

She says he was working in an office building when the earthquake rocked Mexico City on Tuesday.

Guadalupe Salinas-Riojas is frantically searching for her 26-year-old son.

They, along with many others, have been camped out since Tuesday.

Frantic scenes are playing out all across Mexico City. At least 38 buildings have collapsed.

There are glimmers of hope.

A rescue team is trying to pull someone from the rubble of an elementary school where more than a dozen children and 4 adults died. They spent most of the day shoring up the structure.

The devastation is all around. Building after building is demolished and others will need major repairs.

Mexican officials say assistance is pouring in from the international community

“We are receiving help from the U.S., Japan, Chile in terms of equipment, and in terms of trained personnel,” said Claudia Franco Hijuelos, Consul General of Mexico in Phoenix.

Mexico City’s transit system is back up and running but it will be a long time before Mexico City is made whole.

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