At least 21 children out of 248 people have been reported dead after an earthquake with a 7.1 magnitude struck in Mexico on Tuesday.
According to AFP report, the quake has revived a similar horrific disaster that happened in Mexico in the year 1985. One of the most terrible scenes of the disaster was a primary school, Enrique Rebsamen Primary School which is on the South side in the city of Mexico.
Reports gathered revealed that the three floors in the school collapsed into one, trapping teachers and students underneath it. 21 children and some five adults as at press time have been confirmed dead while some 30 to 40 people were still trapped inside the wreckage.
The Mexican president, President Enrique Pena Nieto who hurriedly visited the scene feared that the death toll could rise.
While addressing the nation on the disaster, the President Pena Nieto said.
“Unfortunately, many people have lost their lives, including children, in schools, buildings and homes,”
At the moment, a great number of rescue crew members have been deployed to the scene of the disaster. Some local media revealed that families have been sending Whatsapp messages calling for help from relatives trapped underneath the debris.
Responding to the incidence, 52-year-old Georgina Sanchez cried, muttering.
“I’m so worried. I can’t stop crying. It’s the same nightmare as in 1985,”
The 1985 earthquake was recorded to have killed at least 10,000 people, causing the country to celebrate her 32nd anniversary on a low-key.
Also responding to the disaster, 27-year-old resident, Leiza Visaj Herrera said.
“It was horrible,”. “I had to hold onto the ground.”
Also responding to the quake, the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Devastating news from Mexico City. My thoughts are with those affected by today’s earthquake — Canada will be ready to help our friends.”