Powerful quake strikes Oaxaca, Mexico

Powerful quake strikes Oaxaca, Mexico

Half of those deaths occurred in the capital Mexico City, where almost 40 buildings collapsed, and the remainder in surrounding and nearby states.

Rescue workers in hard hats stood around at some rescue sites awaiting further instructions.

"We have done an accounting with school officials and we are certain that all the children either died, unfortunately, are in hospitals or are safe at their homes", Mr Sarmiento said.

Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said the number of confirmed dead in the capital had risen from 100 to 115, bringing the overall toll from the quake to 245.

"I need to recognize the volunteers who are unconditionally helping those who need it", Pena Nieto said.

Quake alarms sounded in Mexico City as the new quake struck, prompting people with fresh memories of this week's devastating tremor to flee homes and hotels.

Outside a collapsed seven-storey office building in the trendy Roma Norte district, a list of those rescued was strung between two trees.

While most rescue and relief efforts have focused on Mexico City, the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca - two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico - were hit with an 8.1-magnitude natural disaster earlier this month.

At the site of an office building that collapsed Tuesday and where an around-the-clock search for survivors was still ongoing, rescuers briefly evacuated from atop the pile of rubble after the morning quake. Other deaths included 69 in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla state, 13 in the state of Mexico, four in Guerrero state and one in Oaxaca state, according to Luis Felipe Puente, national coordinator of civil protection for the Interior Ministry. It also said that no more bodies had been delivered to the morgue operated by the forensic institute for identification since Thursday. Many people continue to sleep outside, fearful of more collapses, as strong aftershocks rattle the town, including a magnitude 5.2 jolt early on Sunday.

Rescue operations have been taking place for five days, with many still feared trapped underneath rubble. A government response panned as lacking at the time severely damaged the credibility of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party.

Cristobal Perres Garcia, 59, said police told him that one of his cousins - a worker at the food processing plant - was among several who died when it collapsed.



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