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September 21, 2017

Rescuers work in silence to pull children from collapsed school in Mexico City

Discovery of 12-year-old Frida Sofía in the rubble keeps Mexicans glued to their TVs in hope of finding a child alive where at least 21 died

A hushed silence has kept falling over the volunteers, soldiers and neighbours congregating outside a collapsed school in southern Mexico City, where rescue workers tried to extract students trapped under the rubble.

A stern-looking officer in jeans and black vest from Mexico’s federal police would raise his fist high above his head signalling silence on Wednesday to enable rescuers with sensitive microphones to listen for cries from the rubble.

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September 20, 2017

At least 217 dead after powerful earthquake hits central Mexico

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake is deadliest to hit country in more than 30 years and has brought down buildings in the capital, Mexico City

Emergency crews and volunteers are digging through rubble with their bare hands in search of trapped survivors after a powerful earthquake stuck central Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, toppling dozens of [...]

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September 19, 2017

Caribbean faces fresh devastation as Hurricane Maria hits islands

The Caribbean island of Dominica has been “brutalised and devastated” by category 5 Hurricane Maria, the prime minister of the country has said.

The eyewall of the hurricane barrelled into Dominica’s eastern coast on Monday evening, crossing towards the former British colony’s capital, Roseau, on the south-west side.

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September 13, 2017

Cuba’s crumbling infrastructure no match for might of Irma

Despite government preparations, some have criticized the response to the monster hurricane that crumbled buildings and deluged homes

Havana was in midnight darkness and the floodwaters were neck-high were Yanelis Rodríguez finally gave up hope that help was on its way.

As giant waves crashed over the Malecón seawall just 200m away, Rodríguez and her two young children waded through Hurricane Irma’s storm surge to safety.

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