#MexicoEarthquake: Death toll reaches to 230; Sushma Swaraj confirms no Indian casualties
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 21-Sep-2017
Mexico City, September 21: The country of Mexico was still arising from the rubble of earthquake last week and one more arrived yesterday to haunt them all life. A violent earthquake of 7.1 magnitude hit Mexico badly by killing at least 230 people across five states.
The quake hit on the anniversary of a 1985 temblor that killed thousands and devastated large parts of Mexico City. The epicenter was in the state of Puebla, about 80 miles southeast of the capital. As of Wednesday evening, the death toll stood at 230, according to a tweet from Luis Felipe Puente, Mexico’s national coordinator for civil protection. They included 100 people killed in the autonomous district of Mexico City, 69 in Morelos, 43 in the state of Puebla and 13 in Mexico state. There were four deaths in Guerrero state and one in Oaxaca state.
External Minister Sushma Swaraj offered her deepest condolences to the families who have witnessed the horrifying quake. She mentioned on Twitter that Indians are safe in Mexico.
Some of the most heart-wrenching scenes played out at a three-story school building that pancaked into a pile of concrete rubble on the south side of Mexico City. Rescue workers extracted at least 25 bodies from the ruins, all but four of them children.
President Enrique Peña Nieto toured some of the worst-hit parts of the city and also visited the state of Morelos. He declared three days of national mourning to honor the victims, telling their relatives and loved ones, "Mexico shares your pain."