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3 children among 10 killed in Mexico church roof collapse


In Mexico, 3 children among 10 killed in church roof collapse during a baptism

The roof of the church came crashing down during a baptism in the coastal town of Ciudad MaderoThe roof appeared to be made of relatively thin poured concrete, and photos distributed by state authorities showed the roof slab resting on the top of pewsAmericasAssociated PressandAgence France-PressePublished: 7:19pm, 2 Oct, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

At least 10 people, including three children, were killed and 60 more injured when the roof of a church came crashing down on a baptism in northeastern Mexico on Sunday, authorities said.

The disaster struck the coastal town of Ciudad Madero, in Tamaulipas state, with a Red Cross rescuer telling local media that 80 people had been there at the Santa Cruz parish when the roof caved in.

“Unfortunately, 10 people are confirmed dead. Of these, five are women, two men and three children,” Americo Villarreal, governor of Tamaulipas, told reporters at the scene of the disaster.

Rescuers were attempting to recover the body of a woman from the rubble, but the death toll was not expected to rise as all of the missing had been accounted for, he added.

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