20 Septiembre 2017 11:32
The country is reeling from another deadly earthquake
A deadly magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling buildings and killing at least 217 people at time of writing.The earthquake is the deadliest to strike the country in over 30 years, and caused violent and prolonged shaking, which flattened infrastructure, crushed cars and people in Mexico City, the capital. Rescuers with cutting tools and sniffer dogs worked throughout the night to try and save victims trapped underneath the rubble of schools, offices and apartment blocks. Much of the capital was left in darkness due to a powercut.
— Tony Gali (@TonyGali) September 20, 2017
This was the second major earthquake to traumatise Mexico in two weeks and hit on the anniversary of the 1985 quake that killed 5,000 and destroyed 10,000 homes.Public education undersecretary Javier Treviño said 21 children and four adults had died at the collapsed Enrique Rebsámen school, according to local media. Online news organisation Animal Político reported at least 30 children were still trapped in the school, according to Mexico City authorities.
When President Enrique Peña Nieto visited the tragic site, he was swarmed by devastated parents who told him that their children were missing, The Guardian reported. The rescue effort was accompanied by cries of ‘Quiet!’ to allow searchers to listen to any calls for help. US president Donald Trump, who was criticised for his previous support of the country, responded on Tuesday within minutes, tweeting: ‘God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.’ This story will be updated throughout the day.
— gob.mx (@gobmx) September 20, 2017