Searchers in Mexico City are desperately combing through piles of rubble looking for dozens of missing children after a grade school collapsed from Tuesday’s powerful 7.1 earthquake. At last check, more than 230 people are dead from the second major quake to hit the country in two weeks.
Yesterday, firefighters, police officers and volunteers pulled at least 25 bodies from the Enrique Rebsamen school in the southern part of the capital. Authorities say all but four of them are children. Outside the damaged building, family members and teachers searched lists of children to see who is accounted for. Mexico's education minister says eleven people were rescued from the school, but 30 others are still missing.
In the meantime. rescue crews have been working feverishly to free survivors they believe are trapped in the rubble of the school. Contact was reportedly made with a 12-year-old girl trapped in the debris last night, and temperature readings identified two more people might also be alive.
President Trump did call Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto yesterday to extend his condolences. Trump also offered assistance, including search-and-rescue teams, which are being deployed to Mexico.
Source: Los Angeles Times