Mexico City residents struggle to return to pre-quake life

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - Many in Mexico City are currently sleeping in cars and tents.

They're waiting for building inspectors to tell them whether it's safe to go home, after the devastating earthquake that hit the country.

"We're staying here and not going to a shelter because a lot of people take advantage of the situation break into the apartments," said a resident.

Last week's 7.1-magnitude quake killed about 200 people here in Mexico City.

It's displaced thousands more.

Several buildings have collapsed, while hundreds may now be inhabitable.

Resident Regina Garcia, who is living out of her car and a tent in the street, said, "It's terrible. It's terrible because when you're used to having your things, your clothes, your shower, your bed… I mean, just imagine, this is basically my living room and inside that is my bed."

Even if authorities do give them the green light to go home, many are still uneasy.

"They say that the examinations went well, but I can't be sure," said Ms Clara Flores. She lives in an 10-building apartment complex, one of which had collapsed. "Honestly, to have a building that collapsed nearby really makes an impact. It's been really desolate and has brought down our lives with it in some way."

That, as the death toll continues to climb.

Rescuers are still digging out bodies from the rubble of a collapsed office building in the Roma district.

"Three more bodies have been found, bringing the total to 38," said Mexico City spokesman Valentin Onate. "We are working on identifying them."

Almost 350 people across the country have been confirmed dead so far in Mexico's most deadly earthquake in a generation.