Mexico: Toll of deaths due to earthquake reaches 292

According to the national emergency management chief, the toll from the powerful magnitude-7.1 earthquake that hit Mexico previously this week has mounted to 292.

National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente asserted in his newest preliminary report on fatalities that the number of killed in Mexico City powerful temblor had increased from 148 to 154.

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On the other hand several of other people perished in nearby states, with 73 dead in Morelos, 45 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico state, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.

“The number of missing has fallen from 200 in the initial count to 42 people who may still be trapped under the rubble of collapsed structures” Puente said.

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The Civil Protection chief repeated yesterday 72 hours after the quake struck that the hunt for survivors would persist until rescuers were confident that no one was still alive in the midst of the wreckage.

“We’ll stop it if that’s the case,” Puente said. Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio mentioned that once the emergency phase had ended authorities would conduct a “house-by-house” census to determine the full extent of the earthquake damage.

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