Death toll from Mexico earthquake climbs to 98

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/13 6:38:26

The number of deaths from the 8.2 earthquake which shook Mexico on Sept. 7 has climbed to 98, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Jose Calzada, on Tuesday.

Two new deaths reported in the state brought the total in the southern state of Oaxaca to 78, as well as 16 in the neighboring state of Chiapas and four in Tabasco.

Calzada, dispatched by the federal government to oversee the emergency in Oaxaca, told Televisa that around 800,000 people in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec had been affected by the earthquake.

"Today, during the tally, (it was noted that) 78 people had lost their lives in Oaxaca, we have over 400 schools affected by the tremor," he said.

Calzada added that the earthquake had affected around 12,000 homes, and that a census was underway to establish the full cost of reconstruction and repairs.

The massive earthquake shook the country at 23:49 on Sept. 7, being felt in 12 states, although most of the damage were in Oaxaca and Chiapas.

By early Tuesday, 1,266 aftershocks had been felt, ranging in intensity all the way to 6.1 on the Richter scale.

These constant aftershocks have meant that local populations are scared of returning home, preferring to spend the night outside instead of risking further collapses.

According to Calzada, 350 tons of aid, goods, clothing and more will be distributed across the Isthmus of Tehuantepec on Saturday.

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