Aftershocks continue in Mexico as the toll mounts to 90

RSTV Bureau
Juchitan :  A truck sits amidst the rubble of a collapse building following a massive earthquake in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.AP/ PTI

Juchitan : A truck sits amidst the rubble of a collapse building following a massive earthquake in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.AP/ PTI

Three days after a massive 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico, the death toll from the tragedy has risen to 90.

The quake destroyed a large part of Juchitan, where at least 37 people have been killed.

Strong aftershocks continued to rattle the town, and a 5.2 magnitude jolt was felt early on Monday. Local officials said they had counted nearly 800 aftershocks since late Thursday’s big quake. And the US Geological Survey counted nearly 60 aftershocks with a magnitude of 4.5 or greater.

Government continues to carry out relief work, supplying food and other essentials to the survivors.

Juchitan :  Evacuated patients lie on their hospital beds shaded by a tree, in the aftermath of a massive earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people, toppling houses, government offices and businesses.AP/ PTI

Juchitan : Evacuated patients lie on their hospital beds shaded by a tree, in the aftermath of a massive earthquake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. One of the most powerful earthquakes ever to strike Mexico hit off its southern Pacific coast, killing at least 32 people, toppling houses, government offices and businesses.AP/ PTI

Teams of soldiers and federal police armed with shovels and sledgehammers were seen demolishing damaged buildings in Juchitan.

In Juchitan, a third of the city’s homes had collapsed or were uninhabitable, President Enrique Pena Nieto had said late on Friday night.

Part of the city hall had collapsed too. On the outskirts of the city, the general hospital had been rendered uninhabitable by the earthquake.

Pena Nieto said authorities were working to re-establish supplies of water and food and provide medical attention to those who needed it.

(With inputs from PTI)