Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
World Media | By June Phelps

Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises to 32

Mexico earthquake: Death toll rises to 32

"The Government and people of Pakistan express their deepest sympathies over the precious lives lost due to the powerful natural disaster registered at the southern coast of Mexico", said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad. Waves are expected to hit Antarctica around 8:00 p.m. mountain time. The powerful quake has affected at least 50 million people in 12 states.

The areas hardest hit by the quake are the states of Chiapas and Oaxaca, home to approximately 9 million people who were already facing vulnerable conditions before the tremor.

Four people may be trapped inside a collapsed hotel in Oaxaca, Oaxaca Civil Protection Director Amado Bohorquez told CNN.

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This quake is one of the deadliest in a century in this region.

Authorities said the death toll most likely would rise. Moreover, the mayor of Juchitan, a district in Oaxaca, Gloria Sanchez, released an official statement saying that "the situation is Juchitan is critical; this is the most bad moment in its history".

According to Eduardo Mendoza, senior program manager for Direct Relief, the small town of Juchitan in Oaxaca state "was completely leveled".

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The Mexican President visited the town on Friday. Tremors were felt hundreds of miles away, and reportedly lasted for up to a minute in Mexico City.

The United States Geological Survey rated the quake at Magnitude 8.1, at a depth of 69.7 km. Aftershocks continued to shake the southern region. The tsunami is not a big worry, Nieto said.

The quake was more powerful than the 1985 tremor that hit close to Mexico City and caused thousands of deaths.

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Mexico's army, marines and federal police have been deployed to respond to the crisis, but relief efforts will be complicated by Hurricane Katia and heavy rains could also contribute to water-borne illnesses, warned one aid agency.

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