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Sep 20, 2017

Death Toll Rises in Mexico Quake; Belize Authorities Looking for Our Own

More than two hundred and twenty people, including twenty-one school children, are dead in Mexico after Tuesday’s seven point one earthquake. The deadly quake toppled buildings and cut off power and communication services in Mexico City and surrounding states. The hunt continues for dozens who are listed missing after the earthquake. Firefighters, cops and volunteers are clearing away the rubble looking for survivors. We spoke by mail to Belize’s Ambassador to Mexico Oliver Del Cid who informed us that the staff and families of the Belize Embassy in Mexico City are all okay. There are scores of Belizeans, including students living in Mexico and in his response to our request for information, he told us, “We’re still trying to get through to members of the Belizean community that are registered with us but many lost communication with the power outage.” The seven point one shock is one of the largest to strike Mexico in decades. In this short video compiled by the BBC, visitors and locals talk about the situation on the ground in Mexico.

 

[BBC coverage of earthquake in Mexico City…]

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