Mexico natural disaster: Rescuers race to save missing school children

Mexico natural disaster: Rescuers race to save missing school children

The quake, which killed at least 93 people in the capital, struck 32 years-to the day-after a 1985 natural disaster that killed thousands. Some parts of Mexico City are chaotic with civil society organizing themselves to provide basic items such as food and water to affected populations and to act as search-and-rescue teams.

The quake left around 800 people injured in Mexico City and caused 39 buildings to collapse, Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said.

The solidarity of Mexico City residents with the victims of yesterday's powerful 7.1-magnitude natural disaster is shining through as thousands of people have come forward to contribute to rescue efforts, turning the Mexican capital into a city of volunteers. Reports say 30 children were still missing. "Now is the moment when solidarity begins".

The update came as survivors were still being pulled from rubble in the capital, spurring hope among relatives gathered at the sites of buildings collapsed by the magnitude 7.1 natural disaster. Dozens more died in downed office buildings and apartment complexes.

Mexican rescue teams look for people trapped in the rubble at the Enrique Rebsamen elementary school.

The United States Geological Survey reported that the magnitude 7.1-magnitude devastating quake hit Mexico, located in the central state of Puebla, on September 19.

At least 225 people across the country have been killed by the quake, which tore down schools, businesses and homes.

Victims killed when the building collapsed are feared to be as young as three. At least 200 Mexico City schools suffered some kind of damage, Nuño said.

A boy named Victor, who was pulled from the wreckage by a soldier, said he was thirsty and could barely breathe after being crushed by a fence.

Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto announced "every minute counts to save lives" as crews worked through the rubble of buildings toppled by the seismic event.

Because of the large distance between the 1985 quake's epicenter and Mexico City, only a certain amount of the quake's energy reached Mexico City, but it was still enough to be deadly.

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