Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Earthquake: At least 20 children dead after school collapses in Mexico City | Photos

Rescuers and volunteers frantically dug through the rubble, looking for survivors of Mexico’s deadliest earthquake since 1985 as the number of confirmed fatalities climbed to the hundreds.

Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 quake struck on the 32nd anniversary of the tremor that killed thousands and came just two hours after earthquake drills were held across Mexico to mark the date.

One of the most desperate rescue efforts was at a primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City, where a wing of the three-storey building collapsed into a massive pancake of concrete floor slabs.

At the scene, journalists saw rescuers pull at least two small, sheet-covered bodies from the rubble.

The federal Education Department reported late on Tuesday night that 25 bodies had been recovered from the school’s wreckage, all but four of them children.

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