Images have come through from the scene of the collapsed Enrique Rebsamen school, where at least 20 children have died.
Death toll is expected to rise after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake strikes 120km from Mexico City, collapsing buildings and killing more than 149 people
Enrique Peña Nieto urges calm
Mexico’s president has issued a video statement urging people to stay calm in the aftermath of the earthquake.
AP reports that Enrique Peña Nieto said in the message issued late on Tuesday night that many people will need help, but the initial focus has to be on finding people trapped in wrecked buildings.
“The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people,” he said.
Peña Nieto said that as of late Tuesday 40% of Mexico City and 60% of Morelos state have no electricity.
The quake devastated La Condesa, one of the city’s most prosperous neighbourhoods, flattening several buildings and leaving scores more damaged and unstable.
The collapsed apartment block on the circular boulevard Amsterdam Avenue was instantly cloaked by clouds of white dust as a strong smell of gas filled the air. The building comprises three apartments on each floor – no one knows how many people were inside when the earthquake hit.
Monica Saavdera’s 87-year-old mother was among the residents at home when the earthquake hit. “I pray that she’s already dead, that she’s not trapped underneath alive,” Saavdera said, comforting her mother’s sobbing domestic worker who survived because she had popped out to run some errands when the quake struck.
The destruction wrought by the earthquake has been massive, as has the response by residents and authorities to respond and rescue those still trapped.
Some photographs of the effort have been put together here.
Rescuers and residents assist an injured victim amid the ruins of a building knocked down by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that jolted central Mexico damaging buildings, knocking out power and causing alarm throughout the capital on September 19, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.
Rescuers and residents assist an injured victim amid the ruins of a building knocked down by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that jolted central Mexico damaging buildings, knocking out power and causing alarm throughout the capital on September 19, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. Photograph: Pedro Mera/Getty Images
A man walks out of the door frame of a building that collapsed after an earthquake, in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
25 dead at Mexico City elementary school
At least 21 children and four adults have died at the Enrique Rebsámen elementary school, the public education undersecretary has confirmed.
Elevent children have been rescued, but Animal Politico said at least 28 were still missing.
Part of the school – which reports have said was four storeys high – collapsed during the earthquake, trapping students and employees inside.