A wing of an elementary school collapsed in Mexico City on Tuesday, killing more than 20 children and 4 adults as it crumbled to ground in middle of school day. A four story building that houses Colegio Enrique Rebsamen was one of dozens that fell when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rattled region. Eleven children were already rescued as first responders sifted through rubble into night. At least 28 were still missing, site reported.The school’s roof and balconies toppled to ground while a large part of structure remained in place. Emergency responders were able to evacuate most of children from building.
The school enrolls kids in grades from kindergarten through middle school. Families flocked to social media seeking information on their loved ones’ whereabouts.
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Some relatives claimed they had received Whatsapp messages from 2 girls buried below debris, but claim could not be confirmed. Authorities urged public to avoid frenzied scene because it was difficult for rescuers to hear children still trapped in building.
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In Jojutla, a town in state of Morelos, Instituto Morelos secondary school partially collapsed, but no one was hurt, according to school director Adelina Anzures. “It fell and everything inside was damaged” Adelina Anzures said. More than 200 schools were affected by earthquake, with 15 sustaining major damage.