32 Children Dead, 30 More Missing In Rubble Of Collapsed Mexico City School

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Sep 20, 2017

More than 30 students have been confirmed dead, and 30 more are missing, as rescuers sift through the rubble of the Enrique Rebsamen primary and secondary school, a private school that was one of 44 buildings in Mexico City that collapsed during Tuesday’s historic earthquake. According to the Associated Press, a wing of the three-story school pancaked into a pile of concrete slabs during the quake, killing dozens and leaving dozens more trapped in the wreckage.

Soldiers and volunteers toiled through the night to try and free the trapped schoolchildren and staff. At least and five teachers, and 32 students, have been confirmed dead. The 7.1 magnitude quake shook Central Mexico, leaving at least 250 people dead in the deadliest earthquake since a 1985 quake that left 5,000 dead. Bizarrely, Tuesday’s quake occurred on the 32nd anniversary of the 1985 quake. Two children were rescued from the rubble, but 30 more people are still missing, local media reported.

The hundreds of soldiers and volunteer rescue workers who were frantically digging through the debris said they could hear noises in the rubble, but have been unable to discern whether sounds emanating from the ruined wing were survivors pounding for help, or simply the noises of shifting wreckage,
according to NBC.

Working through the night, the AP described how workers would ask for silence occasionally to listen for signs of life amid the wreckage.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said last night that rescue teams “are hauling out debris, material, trying to get through the rubble and rescue people.”

Foro TV reported that rescuers spotted the child and shouted to her to move her hand if she could hear them, and she did. A search dog subsequently entered the wreckage and confirmed she was alive. Several other children were rescued shortly after the quake.

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