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Helicopter crashes while assessing Mexico quake damage, killing 13 on the ground

Helicopter crashes while assessing Mexico quake damage, killing 13 on the ground

The death toll from a helicopter crash that followed a strong quake in southern Mexico rose to 14 Sunday, as the defense minister said the government assumed full responsibility.

Among the dead were three children. The helicopter also carried Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarrete and Governor of Oaxaca State Alejandro Murat, both of whom survived.

Mexico was ravaged by a 7.2-magnitude quake on Friday, February 16th, that rendered just short of one million structures - including residential spaces like homes and apartments, as well as business entities' shops and facilities - unable to operate electrical devices.

Another victim died on the way to hospital.

Navarrete said about 998,000 people nationwide are left without power.

TV images showed the crashed aircraft lying on its side surrounded by several cars.




Another 15 people were injured in the accident. "My condolences to your relatives and my desire to promptly recover the injured".

Days later, a 7.1-magnitude quake struck Mexico City, causing at least 40 buildings to collapse and damaging hundreds of others which then had to be pulled down.

The National Seismology Service said the epicentre was about 145km from the Pacific coast surfer resort Puerto Escondido and the sustained shaking gave way to 194 aftershocks.

Residents of Guatemala, a country in Central America, reported that they were able to feel tremors as a result of the quake.

Mexico's Interior Ministry said federal aid would go to towns including Pinotepa Nacional, closest to the epicenter, and Santiago Jamiltepec, which had reported 50 damaged homes along with a church and government building.


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