Thursday, 21 September 2017

At least 223 dead as toll of Mexico quake rises, government says


 
 
Rescue teams in Mexico are working round the clock to search for survivors of a devastating earthquake, with the number killed expected to top 220.
 
Authorities fear that the death toll from the 7.1 scale quake may yet rise as volunteers and professional teams comb through the rubble.
 
At least 21 children and five adults died at a primary school which collapsed in Mexico City during Tuesday's quake, the government says.
 
 
The shallow, 7.1 magnitude quake killed at least 223 people in total and caused major damage across states in the centre of the country.


Desperate searches for survivors under the rubble are continuing.


Hopes rose at the school when a girl was located alive and a delicate operation to rescue her is under way.


Dozens of buildings collapsed across the country, including several churches where worshippers were killed.


Families with young children could be seen sleeping outside their homes in the street in the capital overnight.


The tremor struck shortly after many people had taken part in an earthquake drill, exactly 32 years after another quake killed thousands in the capital.





BBC    News.