Mexico quake: More than 200 people killed

Mexico quake: More than 200 people killed

Rescue workers are searching for survivors after a devastating earthquake hit central Mexico killing more than 220 people. The 7.1 magnitude quake brought down dozens of buildings in the capital, Mexico City, including a school, leaving many children dead.

The prolonged tremor, which hit at 13:14 local time (18:14 GMT), is the deadliest to hit the country in more than 30 years.
Buildings swayed violently, structures fell apart and dozens collapsed entirely. Thousands of residents fled onto the streets.

Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings at 44 locations had collapsed or were badly damaged. These are said to include a six-storey block of flats, a supermarket and a factory.

As many as 37 people – 32 children and five adults – died when the Enrique Rébsamen elementary school collapsed in Mexico City’s southern Coapa district, according to local media.

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