Mexico Earthquake Death Toll Rises to 305; Search And Rescue Operations Resumed After Tremors on Saturday
Mexico City, September 24: Death toll of the September 19 earthquake in Mexico has increased to 305, official sources confirmed. According to National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente, search and rescue operations resumed following another earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale hit the country on Saturday.
As per reports, it was stated that Mexico City had 167 fatalities, Morelos had 73 and Puebla 45, while there were 13 in Mexico State, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. The number increased significantly in the capital, where it went from 154 to 167 in the last few hours. However, in the states of Morelos, Puebla, Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca, no change was registered in the number of deaths.
IANS quoted Puente saying that due to protocol, following the earthquake on Saturday, the work of digging through the rubble was suspended for a brief period of time in order to study the state of the structures after the new quake, which caused the collapse of a bridge originally damaged in the September 7 temblor of magnitude 8.2.
With the search operation still incomplete, officials have not ruled out the possibility of the death toll rising further.
Reports claimed the September 23 earthquake of 6.1 magnitude is one of the 4,287 aftershocks of the magnitude 8.2 earthquake on September 7, the most powerful since 1932, and whose epicentre was off the coast of the southern state of Chiapas. Although. the post-September 19 earthquakes have not caused any casualties, however, it has hindered the rescue operations.