A high-ranking Mexico navy official is refuting earlier reports that a 12-year-old girl was trapped in the rubble of a collapsed school in Mexico City after Tuesday’s deadly earthquake, reported ABC News.
According to the outlet, Navy Assistant Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento said that all the school’s children had been accounted for – despite blood traces and other signs pointing to someone alive and stuck under the collapsed school.
“We have done an accounting with school officials and we are certain that all the children either died, unfortunately, are in hospitals or are safe at their homes,” said Sarmiento, according to ABC News.
The bodies of 21 children and four adults have been discovered at the site, Mexico’s Education Minister Aurelio Nuno said earlier Thursday.
A young girl was allegedly spotted buried under the debris early Wednesday. The education minister had previously stated that rescuers reporting making contact with the girl.
Young students were seen being pulled out of the rubble in dramatic video posted to social media on Wednesday.
At least 237 people were killed by the earthquake, which struck about 90 miles southeast of Mexico City on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto declared three days of national mourning for victims of the earthquake, which occurred—coincidentally—on the 32nd anniversary of the country’s 1985 earthquake that killed 10,000 people.
As volunteers attempt to rescue victims from the rubble around Mexico City and the surrounding region, there are things you can do right now to assist our neighbors in the rebuilding efforts. Here’s how to help those affected by the disaster.