7.1-magnitute earthquake hits Mexico
Watch: Rescue forces try to locate students trapped under collapsed Mexico City schoolAn elementary school in Mexico City collapsed from the intensity of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake, killing 21 students and leaving dozens of others trapped under the rubble. At least 217 people have died in the earthquake's wake and several buildings in the capital have collapsed. An Israeli rescue mission will be leaving for Mexico today.
At least 21 elementary school students and 4 adults were killed when the structure of the Enrique Revasman School in the Cuapa neighborhood of Mexico City collapsed during the earthquake that hit the area. 30 students and 12 adults are still missing. The earthquake has thus far claimed the lives of more than 217 people across the country- and the fear is that the death toll will continue to rise.
In footage uploaded to various social media networks, students' cries can heard from underneath the collapsed structure. "They're always taking children out of the rubble, but we do not know anything about my daughter," said Adriana Dafargo, who is waiting for new information. The school was four stories high and, like many other buildings in the area, collapsed during the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that struck the country. The roof of the building fell to the ground along with several balconies.
Rescue teams and many volunteers are searching for survivors in areas where the earthquake struck. In a Facebook video, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto explained that rescue forces are operating in the affected areas, armed with emergency equipment. "During the night we can continue to help the population and eventually find people under the rubble."
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