Death toll rises to 33 in Mexico natural disaster

Mexico earthquake: Tsunami warnings triggered, 5 killed

At least 61 people have died in Mexico after the country was struck by its most powerful natural disaster in a century.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said between the initial quake and aftershocks at least 50 million people of the country's 120 million population felt it.

At least five people, including two children, are known to have died during during the massive quake, which was so powerful its tremors were felt in the capital Mexico City more than 500 miles (800km) away.

A huge rescue operation was under way in the worst-hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas where people are feared trapped under the rubble, BBC reported.




According to the President, Mexico was faced with the strongest registered in the country over at least the last 100 years quake, noted by the media. Till now, there have been 45 deaths reported in Oaxaca, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco. One was crushed by a collapsing wall, while the other - an infant on a respirator - died after the quake triggered a power outage in the hospital. "The most powerful quake in the history of Mexico, so now in Mexico we are asking to the people around the world for some help", said Ochoa.

"The situation is Juchitán is critical; this is the most awful moment in its history", said Mayor Gloria Sanchez.

Eduardo Mendoza, the senior program manager for Direct Relief, told ABC News that the town of Juchitan in Oaxaca state "was completely leveled". He added that 200,000 remain without power, after initially 1 million lost electricity. Aftershocks continued to shake the southern region.

Widespread, hazardous tsunami waves were possible, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said. They ranged in magnitude from 3.7 to 5.7, and Nieto said the country had experienced 62 total in the four hours following the initial natural disaster.

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