Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Over 220 dead after 7.1 earthquake hits Mexico

Rescue crews and volunteers
Rescue crews and volunteers searched through rubble for survivors in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake is believed to be around 226.

The country's Civil Protection Agency earlier put the death toll at 248.

The magnitude 7.1 quake toppled dozens of buildings, broke gas mains and sparked fires less than two weeks after another powerful quake killed at least 98 people in southern Mexico.

It also hit just hours after emergency drills marked the anniversary of a quake that killed thousands in 1985.

Emergency personnel in Mexico City searched with picks and shovels for survivors beneath the rubble of what the city's mayor calculated to be as many as 44 collapsed buildings, including at least one primary school.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said soldiers and firefighters found at least 22 dead children at the school and two adults, while another 30 children and 12 adults were missing, he added.

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