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22 Sep 2017

Mexico earthquake: Hopes fade for survivors, death toll hits 273

The death toll from the magnitude-7.1 earthquake that struck southern Mexico on Tuesday has risen to 273.

Relief workers are racing against the clock to rescue survivors still trapped under the debris, 72-hours after the quake.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said the "highest priority" remains rescuing and attending to the injured.

The earthquake has caused widespread damage, reportedly flattening entire towns.

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Hopes fade for survivors 72-hours after Mexico earthquake

Mexico City

Mexico City faced the brunt of earthquake's devastation

An estimated 1,900 people were injured and thousands more have been left homeless.

Parts of the capital Mexico City have been devastated, leaving 137 dead.

The death toll could increase as rescue workers sift through the precarious debris amid aftershocks.

Around 52 buildings collapsed across the city. Rescuers are focusing their efforts on 10 collapsed buildings where people could still be alive.

73 killed in Morelos state, 43 in Puebla

At least 73 people were killed in the Morelos state and 43 in Puebla. A state of "extraordinary emergency" has been declared in 112 municipalities of Puebla, accounting for 51% of the state.

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Fake news surrounding girl's rescue leads to public anger

21 children and four adults were killed at the Enrique Rebsamen school in Mexico City.

A story about "Frida Sofia," a 12-year-old girl allegedly trapped at the school, proved to be false.

The 30-hour media coverage surrounding the search for Sofia captivated the country.

The fake news revelation led to widespread criticism against the media and Mexican Navy rescuers for raising hopes.

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