Mexico, Sep 21: The death toll in Mexico earthquake climbed to 230, across five states, as rescue workers continue to search for quake survivors for the second day. The death toll was confirmed by Luis Felipe Puente, Mexico’s national coordinator for civil protection. The victims include 100 in the autonomous district of Mexico City, four deaths in Guerrero state, 69 in Morelos, 13 in Mexico state, 43 in the state of Puebla and one in Oaxaca. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico has left more than 800 people injured. Also Read - Ghaziabad Earthquake: Low-intensity Tremors Felt in City, no Damage to Life & Property
“We are continuing to search for people,” Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera told Televisa TV. Firefighters, soldiers, and volunteers have been searching in the massive piles of rubble for any sign of life after an earthquake of 7.1 magnitude struck central Mexico in the early hours of Wednesday. Also Read - Not Just His Dog, US President-Elect Joe Biden Will Bring His Cat to The White House Too
At least 21 children and four adults died at a primary school which collapsed in the Mexico city. Officials have said that the death toll is likely to rise. All the schools were canceled for the day in view of the massive earthquake. Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education issued a statement saying that five people have died in the earthquake. (Also Read: All Indians in quake-hit Mexico safe, confirms Sushma Swaraj) Also Read - Cartel TikTok: Various Drug Mafia From Mexico Go Live on TikTok, Post Videos of Guns, Drugs & Money
Nearly 40 buildings including churches crumbled after Wednesday’s earthquake, with thousands more left damaged. President Enrique Peña Nieto visited Jojutla and declared three days of mourning to honour victims. “As Mexicans, we have experienced difficult times because of earthquakes in the past, and we have learned to respond with dedication and a spirit of solidarity,” he said.
US President Donald Trump called Neito to offer condolences. “God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you,” Trump tweeted. The White House said that the US has been offering rescue and search assistance to Mexico. This was the second major earthquake to have hit Mexico in last two weeks.