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Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in decades has killed at least 217 people

The number of confirmed deaths following Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in decades stood at 217 people early Wednesday as resecue efforts there continued.

The official Twitter feed of Luis Felipe Puente, Mexico’s civil defense agency head, said 86 deaths had been counted in Mexico City and another 71 were recorded in Morelos state, which is just south of the capital.

Forty-three people died in Puebla state, it continued, which was were the earthquake was centered, and another 12 deaths occured in the State of Mexico, which surrounds Mexico city on three sides.

Puente’s tweets added that Tuesday’s magnitude-7.1 earthquake killed four people in Guerrero state and one person in Oaxaca state as well.

One of Wednesday’s most desperate rescue efforts was centered on a primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City, where a wing of the three-story building collapsed into a mass of concrete slabs.

Mexico’s Education Department on late Tuesday reported that 25 bodies had been found in the school’s wreckage, with all but four of them children.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto earlier Tuesday had reported 22 bodies had been found, adding 30 children and eight adults had reportedly gone missing.

Reports were unclear Wednesday morning on whether the 217 confirmed death toll included the bodies recovered from the school’s wreckage.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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