Over 200 killed as huge earthquake strikes Mexico

Rescuers dug through the rubble of a partially collapsed school in Mexico City on Wednesday.
People searching for survivors after the quake in Mexico City on Tuesday. The disaster struck on the 32nd anniversary of a deadly 1985 quake.
People searching for survivors after the quake in Mexico City on Tuesday. The disaster struck on the 32nd anniversary of a deadly 1985 quake.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE

Residents worked through the night digging through piles of rubble that had once been high-rise buildings searching for survivors of a devastating earthquake that killed more than 200 people across central Mexico - more than half of them in the capital.

The magnitude-7.1 earthquake hit 158km south-west of the capital on Tuesday - the 32nd anniversary of a 1985 quake that killed thousands.

Even as residents were trapped in buildings across Mexico City and surrounding towns, attention was riveted on a collapsed school in the Villacoapa neighbourhood, where rescuers pulled out 25 bodies from the rubble- all but four of them children. More were believed to be in the wreckage.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2017, with the headline 'Over 200 killed as huge earthquake strikes Mexico'. Print Edition | Subscribe