Death toll climbs to over 200 in Mexico quake

Death toll climbs to over 200 in Mexico quake”

He was at home in the family's high-rise condo when the 7.1 magnitude quake hit Tuesday.

"The combination of the earthquake's location, radiated seismic energy, and the very foundations of Mexico City - thick, loose soils that behave like a bowl of jelly during earthquakes - created the conditions for devastation", Steve Hicks, a seismologist with the University of Southampton told The Guardian.

The death toll in the Mexico City natural disaster has risen to at least 273, officials have said.

Among those offering help at donation centers were psychologists, people willing to look after lost pets, and others who arrived with homemade food.

Galvan said the office is in an area where several buildings crumbled and remains closed for now.

With collapsed buildings and rippling floors, it was not the trip to Mexico that Livia Castellanos was expecting.

Oxfam New Zealand's humanitarian specialist Darren Brunk said the most urgent needs were likely be delivering water and sanitation to those affected.

Details given by officials and rescue workers for two days had built up a detailed narrative about the child.

In this photo taken the day after the quake hit, neighbors post a list of names to identify those lost and saved.

Other firms have joined the aid effort with Mexican dairy business Lala saying it will donate one million litres of milk to victims.

Manuel Rueda, a freelance journalist in Mexico City, interviewed residents outside a collapsed building in the Roma neighborhood of the city. And you still hear people in there, ' said Evodio Dario Marcelino, a volunteer at one building.

At times, the show of solidarity was overwhelming for the professional rescue workers who arrived to help. More than 225 were killed in the capital, and the death toll continues to rise as citizens pick through what's left of buildings.

Meanwhile, at a collapsed school, where the bodies of almost two dozen school children were found, rescue teams raced against the clock to reach a trapped girl, who had wriggled fingers from the rubble to show she was alive.

"We have done a count with the school authorities and we are sure that all the children, either tragically, died, or are in hospital, or safe at home", said senior Navy official Angel Enrique Sarmiento. The bodies of four adults have also been recovered from the Enrique Rebsamen School, Reuters reported.

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