Tuesday, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake caused complete chaos in Mexico City. Now, to add to the list of devastating reports, an absolutely tragic story has emerged.
An elementary school collapsed in Mexico City, resulting in several deaths and dozens of people missing. According to NBC, first responders had already pulled out at least 25 bodies, all but four of them being children.
The Colegio Enrique Rebsamen school was one of 44 buildings that collapsed in the city. Across the region, around 3,400 soldiers were deployed to help with rescue efforts.
NBC reported, "Eleven people were rescued alive from the partially collapsed school but 30 others were still missing as of 2 a.m. ET. The crowd of anxious parents outside the gates shared reports that two families had received WhatsApp messages from girls trapped inside, but the Associated Press said that could not be confirmed.”
As of early Wednesday morning, rescuers were still attempting to pull out anyone still trapped in the rubble from the collapse. The graphic video below shows a young child being pulled from the collapsed building and another who was injured.
Dr. Pedro Serrano, a volunteer, said that he crawled through the rubble and made it into a classroom. Sadly, everyone he found in the classroom had died.
He said, "We saw some chairs and wooden tables. The next thing we saw was a leg, and then we started to move rubble and we found a girl and two adults- a woman and a man."
According to the head of the national civil protection agency, the nationwide death toll had risen to 225 as of Wednesday morning.
We will continue to update here as we find out more information. Please be praying for everyone involved in this sad situation and for those who are still missing.
Pray for safety for first responders, peace for families who have lost loved ones, and wisdom for recovery efforts. Meanwhile, Puerto Rico is experiencing extreme destruction as well, as the strongest hurricane in over 80 years just made landfall. Please keep them in your prayers as well.