Mexico being huge clean-up after one-two punch from 8.1 earthquake and Hurricane Katia cause at least 63 deaths and millions in damage as the President declares three days of national mourning

Saturday, September 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

The 8.1 quake off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday toppled hundreds of buildings in several states
Pena Nieto announced that the earthquake killed 45 people in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco, and he declared three days of national mourning
Hurricane Katia, which brought rain to the state of Veracruz when hitting the coast late on Friday, was about 115 miles (185 km) west northwest of the Gulf Coast port of Veracruz early on Saturday morning, the NHC said
Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes has already said that two have died in a mudslide since the hurricane hit
He also reported that 2,866 people were evacuated from their homes

By MATTHEW WRIGHT
DAILYMAIL.COM
9 September 2017

Mexico is in recovery after one of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded and a raging hurricane dealt a devastating one-two punch to the country, killing at least 63 people as workers scrambled to respond to the twin national emergencies.

The 8.1 quake off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday toppled hundreds of buildings in several states. Hardest-hit was Juchitan, Oaxaca, where 36 people died and a third of the city’s homes collapsed or were uninhabitable, President Enrique Pena Nieto said late Friday in an interview with the Televisa news network.

In central Juchitan, the remains of brick walls and clay tile roofs cluttered streets as families dragged mattresses on to pavements to spend a second anxious night sleeping outdoors.

Pena Nieto announced that the earthquake killed 45 people in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco, and he declared three days of national mourning.

The epicenter of the earthquake, according to Nieto was 123km southwest of the town of Pijijiapan.

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude of the earthquake late on Thursday was 8.1, but Pena Nieto said on Friday it was 8.2, making it the largest in Mexico in 100 years.

Hurricane Katia was roaring onshore north of Tecolutla in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and winds on Friday.

Katia, which brought rain to the state of Veracruz when hitting the coast late on Friday, was about 115 miles (185 km) west northwest of the Gulf Coast port of Veracruz early on Saturday morning, the NHC said.

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