Photos: Mexico quake survivors left with rubble, some keepsakes and hope

Rubble is all that remains of hundreds of houses flattened by the earthquake that struck Mexico in September. At least 369 people were killed in the 7.1 magnitude quake, causing more devastation than any since the 1985 disaster that killed thousands. Now living with relatives or shelters, survivors hope their destroyed homes will eventually be rebuilt as uncertainty clouds the future.

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Tomasa Mozo, 69, a housewife, looks up at the roof inside the ruins of her house after the earthquake that struck Mexico in September. Her house was badly damaged but with the help of family Mozo rescued some furniture. She lives in another room of her house and hopes to repair the damage as soon as possible. ‘I’m afraid to go out, I can not sleep,’ Mozo said. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

Tomasa Mozo, 69, a housewife, looks up at the roof inside the ruins of her house after the earthquake that struck Mexico in September. Her house was badly damaged but with the help of family Mozo rescued some furniture. She lives in another room of her house and hopes to repair the damage as soon as possible. ‘I’m afraid to go out, I can not sleep,’ Mozo said. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

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Prudencio Gutierrez, 66, a farm worker, in front of his damaged house in San Francisco Xochiteopan, Mexico. Gutierrez’s house was badly damaged but he was able to rescue his bed and some clothing. ‘The most valuable thing that I recovered was my hat,’ he said. Rubble is all that remains of hundreds of houses rent asunder, leaving owners lodging with relatives or friends, hoping their homes can be rebuilt or they can find new ones. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

Prudencio Gutierrez, 66, a farm worker, in front of his damaged house in San Francisco Xochiteopan, Mexico. Gutierrez’s house was badly damaged but he was able to rescue his bed and some clothing. ‘The most valuable thing that I recovered was my hat,’ he said. Rubble is all that remains of hundreds of houses rent asunder, leaving owners lodging with relatives or friends, hoping their homes can be rebuilt or they can find new ones. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

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Teresa Luna, 49, a seamstress, poses for a portrait with her dog Dokie, next to a portion of her damaged house. ‘The most valuable thing that I recovered was my dog,’ Luna said. She is living in her backyard and hopes to return when the damage is repaired. At least 369 people died in the 7.1 magnitude quake that hit central Mexico, causing more devastation in the capital than any since the 1985 disaster that killed thousands. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

Teresa Luna, 49, a seamstress, poses for a portrait with her dog Dokie, next to a portion of her damaged house. ‘The most valuable thing that I recovered was my dog,’ Luna said. She is living in her backyard and hopes to return when the damage is repaired. At least 369 people died in the 7.1 magnitude quake that hit central Mexico, causing more devastation in the capital than any since the 1985 disaster that killed thousands. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

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Juan Sanchez, 53, a parishioner and a church guard, in front of San Juan Bautista church near the epicentre zone in Mexico. His house wasn’t damaged so he has offered shelter to some families in his backyard. ‘We are holding mass under a tent. It is a great sadness, we are waiting for the government’s help to rebuild our church,’ Sanchez said. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

Juan Sanchez, 53, a parishioner and a church guard, in front of San Juan Bautista church near the epicentre zone in Mexico. His house wasn’t damaged so he has offered shelter to some families in his backyard. ‘We are holding mass under a tent. It is a great sadness, we are waiting for the government’s help to rebuild our church,’ Sanchez said. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

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Veronica Dircio, 34, a housewife, poses with her sons in front of a tent in a neighbour’s backyard –her home after the earthquake. Dircio’s house was badly damaged. ‘We’re worried because they (authorities) came and did a census of the homes; and whether it’s a big house or a small house, they haven’t told us if we’re at least going to be able to get back a bit of what was once our house,’ Dircio added. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

Veronica Dircio, 34, a housewife, poses with her sons in front of a tent in a neighbour’s backyard –her home after the earthquake. Dircio’s house was badly damaged. ‘We’re worried because they (authorities) came and did a census of the homes; and whether it’s a big house or a small house, they haven’t told us if we’re at least going to be able to get back a bit of what was once our house,’ Dircio added. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

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Luis Garcia, 79, a bricklayer, stands outside a house that he built, after the earthquake in Jojutla de Juarez, Mexico. The sign reads, ‘HA’ which means habitable. ‘No house that I built was damaged by the earthquake,’ Garcia said. Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed in the quake, which followed another major tremor in the southwest of Mexico two weeks earlier that displaced thousands of people. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

Luis Garcia, 79, a bricklayer, stands outside a house that he built, after the earthquake in Jojutla de Juarez, Mexico. The sign reads, ‘HA’ which means habitable. ‘No house that I built was damaged by the earthquake,’ Garcia said. Thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed in the quake, which followed another major tremor in the southwest of Mexico two weeks earlier that displaced thousands of people. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

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Elena Zapata, 69, a housewife, poses for a portrait with her granddaughter Mariana, 3, inside the ruins of her house in Tepalcingo, Mexico. She lives in her backyard and hopes to return when the damage is repaired. ‘The most valuable that I have is the life of my granddaughter. We hope the authorities come to visit us. I feel anguish, I hear noises, I just want to cry,’ Zapata said. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

Elena Zapata, 69, a housewife, poses for a portrait with her granddaughter Mariana, 3, inside the ruins of her house in Tepalcingo, Mexico. She lives in her backyard and hopes to return when the damage is repaired. ‘The most valuable that I have is the life of my granddaughter. We hope the authorities come to visit us. I feel anguish, I hear noises, I just want to cry,’ Zapata said. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

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Hector Guzman, 48, peasant and representative of the Municipal President in San Jose Platanar, holds the model of a new house for his father after the earthquake in San Jose Platanar, at the epicentre zone, Mexico. Guzman is building his father a temporary house with bamboo reeds after it was badly damaged. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

Hector Guzman, 48, peasant and representative of the Municipal President in San Jose Platanar, holds the model of a new house for his father after the earthquake in San Jose Platanar, at the epicentre zone, Mexico. Guzman is building his father a temporary house with bamboo reeds after it was badly damaged. (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

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Cenobia Riquelme, 76, a housewife who suffers from Alzheimer's, is seen next to her house in Jojutla de Juarez, Mexico. Riquelme's husband was crushed under the rubble. She now lives in the backyard and hopes to return home once it's rebuilt. Her son Sebastian (not pictured) said: ‘My mother searches for my father to make his lunch. This is all very sad and I am worried.’ (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

Cenobia Riquelme, 76, a housewife who suffers from Alzheimer's, is seen next to her house in Jojutla de Juarez, Mexico. Riquelme's husband was crushed under the rubble. She now lives in the backyard and hopes to return home once it's rebuilt. Her son Sebastian (not pictured) said: ‘My mother searches for my father to make his lunch. This is all very sad and I am worried.’ (Edgard Garrido / REUTERS)

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