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Death toll in Mexican church collapse during mass rises to 10

2023-10-02T15:27:22Z

The death toll caused by the collapse of a church roof during a Sunday Mass in northern Mexico has risen to 10, and another 60 people were injured, officials said on Monday, as local authorities began wrapping up search and rescue efforts.

Five women, two men and three children were among those killed at the church in the Gulf Coast city of Ciudad Madero in Tamaulipas state, state governor Americo Villarreal said.

Footage posted on social media showed the moment the church roof caved in, puffs of gray smoke billowing into the air, followed by the toppling of yellow brick outer walls.

Mexican media reported that several children were baptized during the Sunday Mass at the church.

All of the people attending the service are now believed accounted for, governor Villarreal said, as military personnel and emergency services used rescue dogs and heavy machinery to sift through the ruins.

The governor added that 23 people remained hospitalized, with two in a serious condition.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador offered his condolences to the families of the victims during his regular morning press conference.

Bishop Jose Armando Alvarez from the Roman Catholic Diocese of nearby Tampico said the church roof crumbled as worshippers were receiving communion and asked others to pray for survivors.

“We still don’t know what caused (the collapse),” diocese spokesman Nestor Javier Lopez told newspaper Reforma. “We hope that authorities do their job and let us know what happened.”

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Rescue team work near the church, after the roof collapsed, in Ciudad Madero, in Tamaulipas state, Mexico, October 1, 2023. El Citadino via REUTERS/ File Photo

A view shows the church, after the roof collapsed, in Ciudad Madero, in Tamaulipas state, Mexico, October 1, 2023. El Citadino via REUTERS/ File Photo

Members of a rescue team and people work at a site where a church roof collapsed during Sunday mass in Ciudad Madero, in Tamaulipas state, Mexico in this handout picture distributed to Reuters on October 1, 2023. Secretaria de Seguridad Publica Tamaulipas/Handout via REUTERS/ File Photo

A general view shows part of a site where a church roof collapsed during Sunday mass in Ciudad Madero, in Tamaulipas state, Mexico in this handout picture distributed to Reuters on October 1, 2023. Secretaria de Seguridad Publica Tamaulipas/Handout via REUTERS/ File Photo

Members of security forces, people and a priest work at a site where a church roof collapsed during Sunday mass in Ciudad Madero, in Tamaulipas state, Mexico in this handout picture distributed to Reuters on October 1, 2023. Secretaria de Seguridad Publica Tamaulipas/Handout via REUTERS/ File Photo
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