Death toll from Mexico earthquake rises above 200

A rescue dog and his trainer in the Mexico City after the earthquake. September 20, 2017.
A rescue dog and his trainer in the Mexico City after the earthquake. September 20, 2017.
At least 225 people are dead after a 7.1 earthquake hit Mexico on Tuesday.

The 7.1 earthquake that hit Mexico on Tuesday is now the country’s deadliest in thirty years. At least 225 are dead from the powerful quake, which struck central Mexico at 1.15pm local time, reports The Guardian.

More than 40 buildings in the capital, Mexico City, have collapsed and thousands more are damaged. The region, which holds over 20 million people, is the most affected by the quake. Rubble fills the streets and gas leaks cause fires and breathing hazards. 4.6 million buildings are without power across Mexico City and the states of Oaxaca, Guerroro, Tlaxcala and Morelos.

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto has announced three days of national mourning to honour the victims. “Mexico shares your pain,” he wrote on Twitter.

The earthquake comes less than a fortnight after an 8.4 quake in Southern Mexico left over 90 dead.

 

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