22 school children among 216 killed in Mexico earthquake

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 10:15

The death toll in the Mexico earthquake has climbed to at least 216 people, which includes 22 children recovered from a local school.

President Enrique Pena confirmed 27 buildings had collapsed in the capital city.

Churches, hospitals and schools are understood to be among the damage – with video showing explosions tearing through Mexico City.

Video and pictures showed utter devastation in the Mexican capital city as buildings were flattened and people trapped beneath the rubble.Fires broke out across the city as footage showed black plumes erupting over the city’s skyline following the quake at 1pm local time.

There were chaotic scenes at the school as parents clung to hope their children had survived.

Chillingly the earthquake falls on the exact day a devastating 8.0 magnitude earthquake rocked the city in 1985 and killed 5,000 people.

It also comes less than two weeks after the strongest quake in a century hit Mexico's southern coast and left 90 people dead.

Mexico's seismological agency has confirmed the centre of the quake struck east of the city in the state of Puebla – about 70 miles away.

As many as 4.6 million homes, businesses and other facilities lost electricity – including 40% of homes in the capital.