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Over 200 Killed As 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico City

The earthquake took place on the anniversary of a devastating earthquake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985

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People evacuated from office buildings gather in Reforma Avenue after an earthquake in Mexico City, Sept. 19, 2017. VOA

Mexico, September 20, 2017 :  A powerful earthquake of 7.1 magnitude struck Mexico city, leaving more than 200 people dead and many trapped under the collapsed buildings. At about 2.15 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, the earthquake shook central Mexico, its epicenter was 4.5 km east-northeast of San Juan Raboso and 55 km south-southwest of the city of Puebla, in Puebla state.

“We are facing a new national emergency,” said Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, in his first televised address following the earthquake.

The earthquake was felt far and wide. In Mexico City, there were power outages and more than 40 buildings collapsed crushing cars and trapping people inside.

Dozens of buildings collapsed or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of nearby states also.

Thousands of soldiers, rescuers and civilians — including college students — in Mexico City clawed through the rubble with picks, shovels and their bare hands. Windows buckled and shattered, falling several stories to the ground while thousands of people streamed into the streets running away from buildings and potential gas leaks.

People struggled to get home when power poles that toppled in the quake blocked the streets and the public transportation system temporarily shut down operations. Nearly 5 million customers were still without power early Wednesday.

The earthquake came less than two weeks after a massive 8.1-magnitude quake hit the country on September 7 and killed nearly 100.

The earthquake took place on the anniversary of a devastating earthquake that killed thousands in Mexico City in 1985. Just hours before the quake hit, many people took part in drills and commemorative events.

All public and private schools in Mexico City and some of the states affected by the earthquake will remain closed until further notice, Education Minister Aurelio Nuño tweeted.

Foreign leaders sent messages of support to Mexico. US President Donald Trump, who has courted controversy with his plans for a border wall with Mexico, tweeted: “God bless the people of Mexico City. We are with you and will be there for you.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted his support following the “devastating news”.

 

(IANS)

 

 

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India and UK to jointly launch global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

India had announced the creation of a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) soon after the Asian Ministerial Conference

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"We have agreed we should together launch the global coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure," he told reporters here. Pixabay

India and the UK will jointly launch a global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, an idea that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reiterated at the G20 summit in Osaka, at the UN General Assembly in September, British High Commissioner Dominic Asquith said on Wednesday.

“We have agreed we should together launch the global coalition for disaster resilient infrastructure,” he told reporters here.

India had announced the creation of a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) soon after the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, held in New Delhi in 2016.

At the Osaka summit, Prime Minister Modi had invited the G20 countries to join a global coalition on disaster resilience.

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India and the UK will jointly launch a global Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, an idea that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reiterated at the G20 summit in Osaka, at the UN General Assembly in September. Pixabay

At the second International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) held in March this year, attended by experts and representatives from 33 countries, it was agreed to set up a Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) against the backdrop of the destruction of the Mozambique port city of Beira, home to 500,000 people.

The workshop was organised by India’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), along with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and in partnership with the Global Commission on Adaptation, United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank.

The international workshop agreed that an Interim Secretariat of the CDRI will be established in New Delhi, with support from the Indian government.

The first International Workshop on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI 2018) was held in January 2018.

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At the UN Secretary General’s upcoming climate summit in September, different countries would lead in different subjects, with the UK to lead an initiative on resilience in climate change, while India would lead an initiative on the industry’s role in tackling climate change, which would contribute to the international action on climate change, Asquith said. (IANS)