Mexico Mourns Victims Of Deadly Earthquake, Braces For Reconstruction

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Massive Earthquake Rocks Mexico as the Country Prepares for Hurricane Katia on Gulf Coast

At least 58 people were killed when an 8.2-magnitude natural disaster struck Mexico, and it caused major damage in the country's southern states.

Ambassador to Mexico Yoni Peled and his team will deliver the aid to state governors in the coming days, a statement said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto has declared national mourning after taking a tour of some areas of the most affected by Thursday's quake.

Emergency crews in Mexico have recovered the body of a police officer buried in rubble, raising to 65 the death toll from this week's 8.1-magnitude natural disaster.

More than five thousand houses have been damaged and many residents have been sleeping in the streets or in their cars fearing more buildings will collapse.

Two others died in a mudslide in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz after Hurricane Katia hit late on Friday.

At least 36 people have been reported dead in Juchitán, according to news agency AFP, with the town hall and a number of other buildings destroyed or badly damaged.

Mexican officials provided the updated death toll late on Saturday, after emergency services in the southern state of Oaxaca said there had been 71 confirmed fatalities in the state alone.

One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico and a raging hurricane dealt a devastating one-two punch to the country, killing at least 61 people as workers scrambled to respond to the twin national emergencies.

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The Oaxaca state government says 23 people died in the quake that hit just before midnight, and 17 of those were in Juchitan.

Ignacio Chavez said his son died in the quake.

Waves rose as high as 0.7 metres in Mexico, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said, though that threat passed.

The epicenter was in a seismic hotspot in the Pacific where one tectonic plate dives under another.

The quake that struck Mexico overnight matches the force of a magnitude 8.1 quake that hit the country on June 3, 1932, roughly 300 miles (500 kilometers) west of Mexico City.

The ministry's center for worldwide cooperation along with the Israeli Embassy in Mexico is to provide aid for the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas that were hardest hit in the deadly quake that struck late Thursday night.

The quake also triggered a tsunami warning and the evacuation of thousands of people in coastal communities in Chiapas; however, the warning was later lifted.

The epicentre of Thursday's quake was in the Pacific Ocean, about 100km off the town of Tonala in Chiapas.

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