25 found dead in rubble of fallen school after earthquake in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (KUSI) — Rescuers have uncovered the bodies of 21 children and four adults in the rubble of the Enrique Rebsamen School that fell during the 7.1 magnitude earthquake, Tuesday.
The community is still waiting for word on dozens more that are still missing. Strangers, friends and rescue crews are searching through the remains of the building in hopes of finding the missing children.
The group is also walking the streets with the names of those missing written on cardboard signs. They are also posting photos to social media.
A volunteer at the school told Mexican news outlet Imagen Noticias that the area that used to be a school ground has now been transformed and people are focused on saving anyone they can.
The powerful earthquake shook central Mexico on Tuesday, collapsing buildings in plumes of dust and killing at least 226 people. Thousands fled into the streets in panic, and many stayed to help rescue those trapped.
Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of rubble or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone as high-rises across the city swayed sickeningly.
The quake is the deadliest in Mexico since a 1985 quake on the same date killed thousands. It came less than two weeks after another powerful quake caused 90 deaths in the country’s south.
More updates to follow