NPR Updates: Powerful Quake Devastates Central Mexico, Leaving More Than 200 Dead

September 20, 2017

“Updated 6:30 a.m. ET Wednesday

The head of Mexico’s civil defense agency has lowered the number of people confirmed dead in Tuesday’s earthquake. Luis Felipe Puente now says 217 people were killed. Earlier he said the death toll was 248. He gave no explanation for the revised number.

Updated at 3:30 a.m. ET

The death toll continues to rise in Mexico after Tuesday’s earthquake. The country’s national civil defense agency confirmed the death toll stands at 248. Rescue teams are digging through the rubble to find survivors.

Updated at 2:00 a.m. ET

Mexico’s civil defense agency has raised the death toll from Tuesday’s earthquake. Officials say 226 people have died ā€” more than half in the capital Mexico City.”

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