An emergency situation was declared in Mexico after the powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. At least 230 were killed by the earthquake and various rescue missions are still underway.

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The search and rescue operations in Mexico City continue in the aftermath of the powerful earthquake that shook the city and the surrounding areas. More than 230 people were killed throughout the country by the earthquake. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto declared a state of emergency and three national days of mourning. “Every minute is critical for saving lives,” he said.

“The first priority now is to rescue those who are still trapped and give medical treatment to the injured,” Peña Nieto said. “Unfortunately, many people, mostly boys and girls who were in schools, buildings and homes, lost their lives.”

Rescue mission in Mexico city

Rescue mission in Mexico city Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

“I want to extend my condolences to all those who lost a family member or loved one,” he continued. “The entire [country of] Mexico is with you.”

The Mexican authorities announced that at least 100 people were killed in Mexico City, the country’s capital, which is home to more than 21 million residents. Meanwhile, the Israeli aid delegation to the country took off last night. About 70 IDF soldiers and officers are part of the delegation.