0648 GMT March 18, 2018
The death toll following Mexico’s strongest earthquake in a century has risen to at least 61 as a huge rescue operation in the south of the country continues efforts to free people trapped beneath the rubble, euronews.com reported.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said that at least 200 people were injured in the worst hit states of Tabasco, Oaxaca and Chiapas after the 8.1-magnitude quake hit.
The epicenter was roughly 87km off the southern coast of Mexico, where an enormous slab of rock, known as the Cocos tectonic plate, is driving towards the coast at a rate of 75mm per year.
The earthquake caused billions of dollars worth of damage, and with the category one hurricane Katia bearing down on the Central American state, more difficulties may lie ahead.
One of the worst affected towns was Juchitán, in Oaxaca, where 17 people were killed and the town hall and other buildings were reduced to rubble.
President Nieto, who visited Juchitán on Friday declared a day of mourning, and said that flags would fly at half-mast out of respect for the dead.