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Death tolls rise, President declares national mourning after earthquake

Mexico City, Mexico — A total of 61 people have been reported as the new death toll figure after an 8.2 earthquake hit Mexico’s Pacific Thursday night.

State authorities in Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco, the regions hardest hit by the quake, have updated known deceased, bringing the total to 61. Of these regions, Tehuentepec Isthmus municipalities in Oaxaca suffered the most damage and dead with 45 of the 61 victims reported.

In Chiapas, where the epicenter was recorded, the number of victims rose to 12, said Governor Manuel Velasco Coello. The State Secretariat of Education reported 792 schools damaged by breaks and extensive cracks.

President Enrique Peña Nieto has declared national mourning after taking a tour of some areas of the most affected by Thursday’s quake. After the declaration of mourning, Peña Nieto ordered the flags of all public squares of the country be lowered to half mast.

Peña Nieto promised that aid will reach the affected areas immediately.