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Death toll in Mexico quake rises to 61

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto called it the biggest earthquake to hit the country in a century.? Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Sep 08, 2017, 03.38 PM (IST)

The death toll from the powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico late Thursday night has risen to 61. 

Another 200 people were injured, President Enrique Pena Nieto said, as he declared a national day of mourning. He called it the biggest earthquake to hit the country in a century. 

The earthquake hit off the coast of Mexico, about a 100 kilometres from the coastal town of Tonala in far southern Chiapas state, Mexico's seismologic service said. 

Also read: Biggest earthquake in century hits Mexico

Rescue efforts are focussed on the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Chiapas and Oaxaca, where tens of thousands of emergency wwere sent to the worst-affected town of Juchitan.

Of the 45 deaths reported in Oaxaca, at least 17 deaths have been reported in Juchitan. 

 

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