Mexico earthquake aftermath

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Added On September 10, 2017

 STORY: MEXICO EARTHQUAKE AFTERMATH

DATELINE: Sept. 10, 2017
LENGTH: 0:00:00
KEYWORD:Juchitán | Earthquake
 
INTRO
 
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto has declared three days of national mourning for the victims of the devastating earthquake.
 
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Enrique Pena Nieto visited Juchitan in the southern state of Oaxaca on Friday.
 
The small, indigenous town is in total disaster.
 
The powerful earthquake on Thursday night claimed 36 lives of the town. Over 300 were injured.
 
There, the president ordered flags at government buildings across the country to be lowered to half mast.
 
He said an emergency fund had been activated to help the town and others that were hard hit.
 
SOUNDBITE(SPANISH) ENRIQUE PENA NIETO, Mexico's President
"The army is already deployed here and it is here above all to help, to bring food supplies and water. With them and government agencies, we are going to carry out the necessary census and immediately begin reconstruction. This was the town most damaged by the quake."
 
More than 2,000 homes were severely damaged. Part of the city hall collapsed.
 
Hundreds of residents are spending the night outside their damaged homes, afraid of being trapped or killed by falling debris in aftershocks.
 
SOUNDBITE(SPANISH) ENRIQUE PENA NIETO, Mexico's President
"We are going to offer support for housing because many homes were damaged. We have already seen one of the many homes here that were damaged and I think if we take a tour, we will see how many homes collapsed. They have given me a very preliminary figure, which we will obviously verify through a census, of 7,000 damaged homes, including those that were toppled and those that suffered structural damage and are clearly uninhabitable."
 
The strongest quake that hit Mexico in nearly a century was felt by some 50 million people across 12 states.
 
Survivors say the 135-second long earthquake felt like the end of the world. 
 
So far, the death toll from the quake has risen to 65.