Disasters & Accidents

Lopez Obrador regrets church collapse that left ten dead in northern Mexico

Mexico City, Oct 2 (EFE).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador lamented Monday the collapse of a church roof in Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, in the north of the country, which has left ten dead and 60 injured. He sent condolences to the families of the victims.

“I send our condolences to the families of the ten people who died because the roof of a church in Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas, collapsed yesterday,” said the president during his morning press conference.

In addition, the Mexican President stated that there is “a lot of solidarity from the people, in addition to the support from Civil Protection, local, state and federal authorities.”

On Sunday, the roof of a church in the state of Tamaulipas collapsed during a ceremony, leaving ten dead and 60 injured, of which, according to local authorities, 23 remain hospitalized, two of them with serious injuries.

The accident’s causes are not known for the moment, although it is preliminarily attributed to a structural failure.

The accident occurred around 15:30 hours (21:30 GMT), and people of all ages were there.

The event was so sudden that there was no time to evacuate the site.

In addition, the Government of Tamaulipas has informed that the rescue work continues with personnel from the Urban Search and Rescue Team of the Secretariat of the Navy.

The priest Angel Vargas, who was celebrating mass at the time of the collapse, told local media that 80 and 100 people were in the building. He fears that the number of dead may exceed the current official figure. EFE


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