Mexico quake death toll reaches 90

11 September, 2017, 00:41 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
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The death toll in the massive quake in Mexico has risen to at least five people, including two children in Tabasco state.

The 8.1 quake off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday toppled hundreds of buildings in several states. The quake damaged 1,700 homes, 700 schools and 18 other public buildings in Chiapas, according to preliminary estimates. A third of the homes in Juchitan, Oaxaca, were also toppled or rendered uninhabitable.

Meanwhile Hurricane Katia made landfall in the country's east, packing rains likely to cause "life-threatening flash floods and mudslides, especially in areas of mountainous terrain" the US National Hurricane Center said.

The worst-hit city was Juchitan, on the narrow waist of Oaxaca known as the Isthmus, where 36 quake victims died.

"Our main needs are basic supplies, medicines, and help with removing the rubble all over the city", Oscar Cruz Lopez, Juchitan's municipal secretary, said.

At least 15 people died in the neighbouring state of Chiapas, according to local authorities, while another four deaths have also been confirmed in the state of Tabasco to the north. The massive 8.1 quake killed at least 61 people, authorities said.

More than 200 people were injured across Mexico, officials said.

Another 10 people died in Chiapas and three more in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco, he said.

Massive Earthquake Rocks Mexico as the Country Prepares for Hurricane Katia on Gulf Coast

He said the possible death occurred in San Marcos state near the border with Mexico.

It was later downgraded to a tropical storm, before petering out on Saturday. "We have reports of some damage and the death of one person, even though we still don't have exact details", Mr Morales said.

Rescuers pulled bodies from the rubble and grieving families carried coffins through the streets Saturday after Mexico's biggest natural disaster in a century killed 65 people, while elsewhere two died in mudslides unleashed by storm Katia.

Many spent the night sleeping outside out of fear of aftershocks.

It brought with it intense rain, as well as winds of up to 75mph (120kph).

Residents walk past boats that were moved on land in preparation for the expected arrival of Hurricane Katia, in Tecolutla, Veracruz state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

The 1985 quake was by the coast, about 322 kilometres from Mexico City.

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