The Latest: Mexico moves quake death toll down to 223

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MEXICO -- (WTVY) 3:20 p.m.
Mexico's federal disaster agency is adjusting its death toll from this week's big earthquake.

National Civil Defense Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said in a tweet Wednesday that officials now count 223 dead -- a reduction of two from the figure they gave earlier.

He now says 93 people have died in Mexico City, 69 in neighboring Morelos state, 43 in Puebla, 13 in the State of Mexico, four in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca.

Determining the number of casualties has been complicated by the diverse places where Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 quake hit and where victims were taken.

11:00 p.m.

Mexico's president says 22 people have died at a school that collapsed in the nation's capital due to Tuesday's 7.1 earthquake.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said that two of the bodies found were adults. It's not clear whether the deaths are already included in the overall toll of at least 149 across the country.

Pena Nieto visited the school late Tuesday. He said in comments broadcast online by Financiero TV that 30 children and eight adults were still reported missing.

Rescue workers were continuing to search and listening for sounds from the rubble.

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The tremor caused serious damage to buildings, knocked out power, and killed at least 139 people.
Mexico's president confirmed more than two dozen buildings have collapsed in the capital.
In the aftermath of the quake, Crews scrambled to numerous demolished sites, at times using dogs To search for people trapped under the rubble.
Mexico city was rattled by another powerful quake just two weeks ago, that one killing close to 100 people. President Trump tweeted out his condolences to everyone to those affected by Tuesday's quake, writing in part: "We are with you and will be there for you."



 
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