Rescuers search for survivors amid rubble of collapsed school in Mexico City

Image A man is assisted in Mexico City after a real quake rattled the country
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21 September, 2017

Rescue workers searched Wednesday in Mexico City and nearby states in hopes of finding survivors of a magnitude 7.1 quake that killed at least 225 people and collapsed dozens of buildings.

Government officials have said that over 20 children and several adults had died and around 30 were still missing after a school partially collapsed in Mexico City.

A major quake has struck central Mexico, with reports that at least 217 people have been killed and thousands forced on to the streets. REUTERS/Ginnette RiquelmeA rescue worker motions for everybody to be quiet as they are searching for people under the rubble of a collapsed building after an quake hit Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017.

As many as 44 buildings collapsed in Mexico City, according to mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.

Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a video statement encouraging people to stay clam in the aftermath of the quake.

"The priority now is continue rescuing those who are still trapped and provide medical attention to the injured", said the President early Wednesday.

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AP reported that half of the 226 deaths came from Mexico City and the surrounding area. That quake was the largest in Mexico in over a century and claimed 98 lives.

Mexico City, the country's capital, was the worst hit.

The video shows scores of residents working diligently to clear the remains of collapsed buildings in the La Colonia del Valle district in the north of Mexico City. There was an entirely separate major quake in the southern region of Mexico two weeks ago that claimed 90 lives and ravaged the land. "We're going to go to a building that fell to see if we can help". "We are with you and will be there for you".

As buildings crumbled like cardboard houses, clouds of dust bellowed out, killing more than 200 (at the time of filing this piece) people.

Local media reports said soldiers had administered oxygen to one trapped child through a tube. REUTERS/Edgard GarridoPeople pass buckets and shovels to remove the rubble of a collapsed building after an natural disaster hit Mexico City, Mexico September 19, 2017.


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