Published: Mon, February 19, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

50 homes damaged after Mexico quake

50 homes damaged after Mexico quake

The death toll was previously reported at 13.

A helicopter carrying senior officials has crashed while they assessed damage from Friday's (February 16) natural disaster in Mexico, killing at least 14, including a baby.

Oaxaca prosecutor's office stated that fourteen people including a six-month-old baby were killed in the crash.

Officials say a dust cloud caused the pilot to lose control, keel over and crash into an open field where local residents had set up camp for the night because they feared aftershocks could cause their homes to collapse.

Interior Minister Navarete told TV network Televisa that he and Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat were not seriously harmed in the accident that happened as the helicopter was attempting to land.

Both officials in the accident were not injured. About 50 homes were damaged, as well as the town hall and church, according to the Interior Department. The Interior Department put the death toll at two.

Two people suffered fractures and non-life threatening injuries in Pinotepa Nacional in Santiago Jamiltepec.

The tragedy struck Friday night as a military helicopter flew the interior minister and other officials to an area near the epicentre of a 7.2-magnitude quake that shook Mexico earlier that evening.

The damage was minimal compared to a massive 8.2 quake that struck in the same general area on September 7 and a 7.1 magnitude quake on September 19, which killed 471 people and damaged more than 180,000 houses in eight states, including Mexico City.

The epicenter is a rural area of western Oaxaca state near the Pacific coast and the border with Guerrero state.

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