Mexico quake toll rises to 96

A hotel in Juchitan de Zaragoza, state of Oaxaca, brought down by the force of the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico's Pacific Coast on September 8 | © AFP | RONALDO SCHEMIDT
A hotel in Juchitan de Zaragoza, state of Oaxaca, brought down by the force of the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico's Pacific Coast on September 8 | © AFP | RONALDO SCHEMIDT

Mexico City (AFP) | 11 September 2017 16:19

The latest deaths were reported in the southern state of Oaxaca, which bore the brunt of Thursday’s quake and which President Enrique Pena Nieto was expected to visit on Monday.

Mexican authorities gave a toll of 90 on Sunday.

Pena Nieto’s spokesman said the president would supervise the delivery of food aid and blankets during his trip, but did not specify where.

The defense and navy ministries had organized an airlift to Oaxaca and neighboring Chiapas and were bringing in heavy machinery to remove rubble, presidency spokesman Eduardo Sanchez told Televisa.

He acknowledge that the distribution of food and shelter is complicated as both regions are mountainous and the worst-hit areas were “very difficult to reach.”

Oaxaca’s governor Alejandro Murat said at least 12,000 homes were damaged in his state, and called on those affected to make their own way to shelters because it was proving impossible to distribute aid house by house.

Mexican seismological authorities measured the quake at 8.2, making it a magnitude greater than the 8.1 quake that killed 10,000 people in Mexico City in 1985.

© 2017 AFP

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