Death Toll in Mexico Earthquake Rises to 318, Thousands Left Homeless

Mexican authorities say the death toll from Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake has reached 318, with more than half of those in the capital.

Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente reported Sunday morning on Twitter that 180 people died in the capital.

There were also 73 deaths in Morelos state, 45 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.

As the search continues for survivors and the bodies of people who died in quake-collapsed buildings in Mexico City, thousands of people have been left homeless because their houses or apartment buildings are uninhabitable.

Specialists are fanning out to inspect buildings and determine which are unsafe after Tuesday’s magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera says 7,649 properties have been examined and 87 percent of those are safe and require only minor repairs. But that means about 1,000 left standing have been determined to be uninhabitable – and the number seems likely to rise as more are inspected.

SOURCE: AP

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