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Here's how you can help quake victims in Mexico

Here's how you can help quake victims in Mexico”

Rescue efforts are underway to save a little girl in the Enrique Rebsamen school in the capital city. They worked their way through the rubble, with one volunteer even managing to crawl into a classroom only to find everyone inside had already lost their lives.

A search dog subsequently entered the wreckage and confirmed she was alive. Some buildings did not fall immediately, giving people time to escape, and some shattered but left air spaces where occupants survived.

A total of 14 people have been rescued, while 20 others are believed to be trapped under the rubble of the school, leading Mexican broadcaster Televisa reported.

As rescue operations continued for a third day, much attention was focused on Enrique Rébsamen school in the capital, where the body of a female teacher was found overnight.

A stronger 8.1-magnitude natural disaster rocked Mexico City a week earlier but the epicenter was much closer this time, just 80 miles southeast of the capital.

Determining the number of casualties has been complicated by the diverse places where Tuesday's quake hit and where victims were taken.

The states most affected are Morelos, Puebla, Mexico City and the state of Mexico. Yesterday was also the anniversary of a an quake 32 years ago that killed thousands of people.

Mexico's disaster services enlisted firefighters, soldiers, police and volunteers to dig Wednesday for people trapped in collapsed buildings after a violent quake shook the country, killing more than 220 people. Huge damage and many destroyed buildings have been reported in all of those states. Confirming the death toll, Education Minister Aurelio Nuño‏ said 11 people had been rescued while two children and an adult were missing.

In Mexico City, at least 36 people were killed, he added. In all, more than 500 volunteers and employees were activated in the hours immediately following the deadly quake.

"The President also pledged to continue close coordination with Mexico as the two countries respond to the recent earthquakes and hurricanes", the White House statement said.



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