Mexico earthquake: Rescuers race to save missing school children

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Teams of rescuers are working against the clock to reach survivors trapped under the rubble of a school that collapsed during Tuesday’s earthquake in mexico City.

Authorities say at least 21 children and five adults died when the school collapsed when central Mexico was struck by a 7.1 magnitude earthquake. In total, more than 230 people are known to have died in the quake.

Rescuers say they have made contact with a girl still trapped under the rubble of Enrique Rébsamen primary school, in Mexico City’s southern Coapa district, who is believed to be sheltering under a table. She has been given oxygen and water, but rescuers are yet to find a method to get her out without risking further collapse and endangering both the girl and rescuers.

More than 500 members of the army and navy, 200 police officers, and dozens of volunteers are all working together at the site, struggling to find any signs of life. A thermal scanner has detected others trapped inside, but their condition remains unclear.

President Enrique Peña Nieto has declared three days of mourning for the victims, while police stepped upped patrols to prevent vandalism and looting.

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