At least 26 people were killed and dozens more injured when a metro viaduct collapsed in the Mexican capital on Monday.
Families of more than two dozen people killed during the collapse of a train viaduct in Mexico City last week will receive financial compensation, the city’s mayor said, as the country continues to suffer from the deadly incident.
Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said on Saturday that around $ 35,000 (700,000 pesos) would be made available to the families of the 26 people who died on May 3.
Relatives will receive about $ 2,500 (50,000 pesos) from the city, as well as $ 32,650 (650,000 pesos) from the metro line, Sheinbaum said.
“We are not going to leave them alone,” she said at a press conference. “We are going to be with them and we are going to give them all the support they need.”
More than 80 people were also injured in the collapse of an elevated section of metro line 12 line in the southeast of Mexico.
Calls for responsibility have multiplied funerals for the victims have been held in recent days, and hundreds of people demonstrated in the city on Friday to demand responses.
Sheinbaum and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had earlier promised that a full investigation into what had happened would be carried out.
“A thorough investigation will be carried out … to find out the truth”, Lopez Obrador mentionned the day after the incident. “From there, accountability will be established.”
The attorney general’s office, his counterpart in Mexico City and an external auditor, the Norwegian DNV GL, are investigating, government officials said.
But Sheinbaum wonders if the metro system has been properly maintained since she took office in 2018.
Line 12 was built when Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard was mayor of Mexico City.
Ebrard called the incident “the most terrible accident we have ever had on public transport.”
Relatives of victims shared personal stories this week, including Luis Adrian Hernandez Juarez, whose 61-year-old father, Jose Luis, took line 12 every day to his work in a body shop.
Gripping his father’s death certificate, Hernandez Juarez said emergency personnel told him his father had been run over by other passengers. “It’s really terrible to see your dad this way for the last time,” he told The Associated Press.
Meanwhile, some commuters who travel regularly on the line, said they have long feared such an incident could occur.
“Since it opened, it has been scary,” Maria Isabel Fuentes, a domestic worker, told AP of line 12.
But she said that since the metro serves popular areas of the capital, it doesn’t appear to be a priority. “We are the same who always pay.”