Quake leaves Mexico picking up the pieces

Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans are searching for survivors in the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings after Mexico's deadliest natural disaster in decades killed 217 people. He declared three days of national mourning to honour the victims and told loved ones: "Mexico shares your pain".

A government official previously stated as many as 248 people had died, but that number was later revised.

"The hours that have passed complicate the chances of finding alive or in good health the person who might be trapped", he said.

However, despite her successful rescue, at least 21 children and four adults died when the school was destroyed by the deadliest natural disaster to hit Mexico in a generation. The death toll from the 7.1 magnitude quake has surpassed 270. But emergency workers and volunteers continued to search through the rubble of some shattered buildings, using dogs, cameras and motion-sensing equipment.

"Unfortunately many people have lost their lives, including girls and boys in schools, buildings and houses". At least 225 people have been killed across the country. Jorge Lopez, a 49-year-old Spaniard, said he raced to his children's school, to find it had collapsed but his offspring was safe. Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education issued a statement saying that five people have died in the quake.

According to the Times, President Enrique Peña Nieto has toured some of the city's worst-hit areas, as well as the state of Morelos.

Mexico City authorities said 93 people have been confirmed dead in the capital.

The tragedy struck 32 years to the day from an even deadlier 1985 quake that left thousands dead in the Mexican capital.

It occurred 12 days after a September 7 magnitude-8.2 quake - the most powerful temblor to strike Mexico since 1932 - caused 98 deaths (78 in Oaxaca, 16 in Chiapas and four in Tabasco) when it struck just off Mexico's southern coast. A hose was threaded through the debris to get her water as the army joined rescue efforts at the school where a wing of the three-story building collapsed as teachers tried to lead the children to safety.

  • Arturo Norris