The number of people killed in a devastating earthquake that hit Mexico City and nearby regions on Tuesday has risen to 138, the government said. The figure was a sharp leap over the 105 deaths previously reported by the government’s disaster response agency CENAPRED.
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck Mexico on Tuesday, knocking down buildings in the capital and panicking the anniversary of a devastating 1985 earthquake.
“A total of 138 people have lost their lives with sadness,” the director of the government’s civil protection service, Luis Felipe Puente, told Televisa television.
He said that there were 36 deaths in Mexico City and the rest in regions to the south and west.
The toll could increase further. Rescue teams and volunteers in Mexico City, home to 20 million people, were traversing the rubble of at least 49 collapsed buildings looking for survivors and bodies.
Mexico City recorded 36 of the deaths, while the state of Morelos directly to the south saw 64 deaths. The others were registered in Puebla (29), a city southeast of the capital, and in the state of Mexico (nine), which lies just west of the capital.
National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said that a total of at least 138 people were killed.