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Quake Death Toll Rises to 90 as State of Oaxaca Reports More Fatalities

The National
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September 10, 2017
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Mexico Quake: Residents picking up pieces after earthquake (TRT World)

Update: UN Ready to Provide Assistance to Mexico After Devastating Quake (Trend)

The death toll from the massive earthquake that struck Mexico on Thursday night rose to at least 90 after emergency services in Oaxaca confirmed 71 confirmed fatalities in the state alone.

"It's 71. Just for Oaxaca," a spokesman for the state civil protection authority said.

At least 15 people died in the neighbouring state of Chiapas, local authorities said, while another four deaths were confirmed in the state of Tabasco to the north.

The 8.1 magnitude quake that struck off the coast of Chiapas was stronger than the devastating 1985 temblor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands.



Most of the deaths in Oaxaca were in Juchitan, where some residents continued to sleep outside, fearful of more collapses as strong aftershocks continued to rattle the town, including a magnitude 5.2 jolt early on Sunday.

Local officials said they had counted nearly 800 aftershocks of all sizes since Thursday, and the US Geological Survey counted nearly 60 with a magnitude of 4.5 or greater.

Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto said a third of Juchitan's homes had collapsed or were uninhabitable.

Teams of soldiers and federal police armed with shovels and sledgehammers fanned out across Juchitan to demolish damaged buildings and lorries began hauling away the many tonnes of rubble.

Read the rest at The National

Related: In Juchitán, the Houses Fell Like Dominoes (Mexico News Daily)

Related: Mexico Earthquake: Victims Complain of Slow Response (Al Jazeera)

Related: Mexico Earthquake: Rescue Efforts Continue as Death Toll Rises (CNN)

Related: Aftershocks Slow Relief Work After Mexico’s Deadly 8.1 Magnitude Quake (The Associated Press)

Related: With Saxophones and Sobbing, Mexicans Mourn Earthquake Dead (Associated Press)

Related: Funerals Crowd Cemetery of Dead from Massive Mexico Quake (Reuters)

Related: Families Scramble for Food as More Are Feared Dead in Mexico Quake (Agence France-Presse)

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