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Maldivian government expresses condolences over Mexican natural disaster

Maldivian government expresses condolences over Mexican natural disaster

The quake was more powerful than the 1985 tremor that hit close to Mexico City and caused thousands of deaths.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said 45 people were killed in Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and four in Tabasco.

Mexican authorities said at least 60 people were confirmed dead, including many in the state of Oaxaca along the Pacific coast.

The Interior Department reported that 428 homes were destroyed and 1,700 were damaged in various cities and towns in Chiapas.

Residents were advised that tsunami waves could hit within three hours off the coasts of Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras and Ecuador.

Emergency crews in Mexico have recovered the body of a police officer buried in rubble, raising to 65 the death toll from this week's 8.1-magnitude quake.

President Enrique Peña Nieto declared yesterday three days of national mourning in honor to the victims, during a tour through Juchitán, the municipality of the state of Oaxaca with greater damages caused by the natural disaster.

Excavation work continues on City Hall which had partially collapsed in Thursday's magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Juchitan Oaxaca state Mexico Saturday Sept. 9 2017. Workers Saturday found the body of a municipal police officer in the rubble who had
Maldivian government expresses condolences over Mexican earthquake

The worst-hit city is Juchitan, in the southern state of Oaxaca, where at least 36 bodies were pulled from ruins, and a large number of buildings collapsed, including the city's town hall.

The 64-year-old woman was working the night shift at a neighbourhood pharmacy when the quake struck Thursday night, collapsing the building. These subduction zones are responsible for producing some of the biggest quakes in history, including the 2011 Fukushima disaster and the 2004 Sumatra quake that spawned a deadly tsunami.

Torrential rains pounded the villages of Veracruz, where two people were killed by a mudslide, according to Gov. Miguel Angel.

Automated damage estimate systems from the US Geological Survey (USGS) place the chance of fatalities from the shaking - not tsunami waves - in the coastal regions closest to the epicentre as being high. "Homes, schools and hospitals have been affected".

In neighbouring Guatemala, President Jimmy Morales spoke on national television to call for calm while emergency crews checked for damage. "Avoid these areas", Pena Nieto tweeted. "We have reports of some damage and the death of one person, even though we still don't have exact details", Mr Morales said.

Across the country, Hurricane Katia was roaring onshore north of Tecolutla in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and winds. Initially, more than 1.5 million homes lost power.

It weakened as it made landfall on Friday night.

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