At least 200 people in Mexico were killed in the Sept. 20 earthquake. Getty

Scores of people in Mexico were killed by the 7.1-magnitude earthquake that rocked the nation Tuesday. The death toll surpassed 200 the following day. The latest reported claimed at least 217 people died, according to Fox News.

At least 37 people were killed when Enrique Rébsamen elementary school collapsed in Mexico City. Thirty-two of the dead were children. More than 20 people are still missing, the BBC wrote.

The following death total from local regions was provided by the Mexico’s national coordinator for civil protection:

  • Morelos state: 71 dead
  • Puebla state: 43 dead
  • Mexico City: 86 dead
  • Mexico state: 12 dead
  • Guerrero: 4 dead
  • Oaxaca: 1

The powerful quake struck in Puebla, which is 76 miles southeast of Mexico City. Rescue workers dug whole and crawled on their bellies to try to save rescuers, the Associated Press reported.

It’s one of the worst quakes to hit Mexico in a century, President Enrique Pena Nieto said Tuesday. He beckoned citizens to remain calm in the quake’s aftermath. The most important task was to search for survivors trapped under rubble in destroyed buildings.

“The priority at this moment is to keep rescuing people who are still trapped and to give medical attention to the injured people,” the president said, Forty percent of Mexico City was without electricity and 60 percent of Morelos state did not have power.

Canada was prepared to help in the recovery efforts, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement Tuesday. “It is with sadness that we learned of the devastating earthquake in Mexico this afternoon. Canada sends its condolences to families and friends in mourning, and hopes for a speedy recovery for the injured. To date, we have no reports of Canadian casualties,” Freeland said.

Mexico isn’t a stranger to devastating earthquakes. Earlier in the month, an 8.1 magnitude-earthquake left 90 dead.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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