At least 20 children have died after their school collapsed in an earthquake in central Mexico that has killed more than 200 people. Thirty of their classmates and eight adults are still missing in the building, which like dozens of others has been turned into rubble. Relatives said they had received a WhatsApp message from two girls inside.
Two adults were also killed when the primary school Colegio Enrique Rebsamen collapsed in Mexico City. The 7.1 magnitude quake hit central Mexico hours after preparation drills were held on the anniversary of a devastating 1985 earthquake that killed more than 5,000 people in Mexico City.
At least 216 people have been killed in Tuesday’s quake, including 117 in the capital, authorities confirmed. At the school, TV pictures showed rescue teams working late into the night, using picks, shovels and their hands as well as heavy lifting gear in an attempt to find survivors. Education officials said 25 bodies had been recovered but three were pulled out alive.