Terrifying visuals of Mexico natural disaster stun the world

Terrifying visuals of Mexico natural disaster stun the world

As many as 37 people - 32 children and five adults - died when Enrique Rébsamen primary school collapsed in Mexico City's southern Coapa district, local media reported.

The quake comes two weeks after at least 96 people died in an 8.1 magnitude quake that struck off the southern Pacific coast of Mexico on September 7. Thousands of people fled into the streets and early Wednesday rescue workers were still digging through mounds of rubble, looking for survivors.

Buildings fell at 44 places in the city, according to Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera.

"We are facing a new national emergency", Peña Nieto told citizens earlier on his first address following the natural disaster.

The country's President Enrique Pena Nieto who visited the scene said: "The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people".

Mexico City's worldwide airport suspended operations and was checking facilities for any damage.

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The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising travellers to contact your airline in the first instance if you are due to fly out to Mexico City on September 19th-20th - airlines such as Aeromexico, for example are allowing free route and date changes, for example. The new disaster also comes just 12 days after a magnitude 8.2 quake struck the country, setting a record for Mexico's strongest quake. The most important task was to search for survivors trapped under rubble in destroyed buildings.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza said Wednesday he is seeing "the real heart and soul" of the Mexican people after a powerful natural disaster struck the capital.

Out of the 217 confirmed deaths, the majority took place in the worst-hit region, the capital city of the country, Mexico City, with 86 confirmed dead there.

Trump tweeted: "God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you".

Most of Mexico's 40,000-strong Jewish population lives in Mexico City, with many Mexican Jews tracing their ancestry back hundreds of years. At least 22 children perished under a collapsed Mexico City elementary school.

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