(Vatican Radio) Mexico's president has declared three days of national mourning following the 7.1 earthquake which has killed more than 200 people, devastating large areas of Mexico City, the surrounding area, and nearby neighbouring states.
James Blears is in Mexico City. Listen to his report:
Rescue services, the armed forces, and federal police have been carefully removing rubble at the Enrique Rebsamen kindergarten, primary and secondary school in southern Mexico City. So far it's reported that 32 children and five adults have died. More children are still trapped and could yet be rescued alive.
In Puebla state to the south east, which was the epicentre of the quake, a church collapsed during a service with great loss of life. The state of Morelos to the south of Mexico City has also suffered many deaths and massive structural damage. The quake occurred on the 32 anniversary of another earthquake which killed more than 10,000 people. Many can hardly believe the tragic coincidence.