Rescuers were attempting to save a teacher and two children trapped under a school building in the mexican capital destroyed by tuesday's earthquake, killing at least 32 children and five adults. The report of the authorities that numbered 21 deceased students.
Journalist, Carlos Loret de Mola, was present at the scene while continuing the rescue work at the school Enrique Rébsamen, reported the new number of victims. It is estimated that at least 10 people remain missing and would be under the rubble, while a fortnight of injured managed to be rescued.
As hours of the earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale rocked several Mexican cities, aid requests and rescue efforts multiplied as they continued to seek survivors. Journalist released on social networks the preliminary reports of victims indicate that students were between 7 and 14 years old.
Jose Luis Vergara, a senior officer of the Navy, who coordinates the rescue, said that the rescue workers were able to establish communication with the trapped teacher, who is with a child and at another point in the rubble could contact another child in this school of the south end of the capital.
However, the structure of the three-story school, which was reduced to one, was on the verge of collapsing, complicating the rescue efforts.
"There was a cloud of dust when a part of the building collapsed completely. We had to hide in our halls until the tremor passed," Maria del Pilar Martí, a teacher at the school, told Televisa. The woman explained that primary school students were between 7 and 8 years old, while secondary school students between 12 and 13 years old.
Several users asked during the afternoon to help the authorities to help those affected as soon as possible, as both staff and students would be trapped among the rubble.
This was the rescue of two children
According to local media, a significant number of kids have already been rescued, while social networks continued sharing information about identities.
Rescatados del Colegio Enrique Rebsamen pic.twitter.com/hN0VdifDyS
— José Antonio ★ (@Negonioo) September 20, 2017
Faced with the rubble of the institute, surrounded by hundreds of rescuers and soldiers, on the night of Tuesday were parents who desperately tried to hear from their children.
"It is the place where we have the largest number of children who have lost their lives," Luis Felipe Puente, general director of Civil Protection, told Televisa.
— Presidencia México (@PresidenciaMX) September 20, 2017
The earthquake occurred at 13:14 local time, when many schools were still in activities.