Rescuers in Mexico race to save children from school’s ruins after earthquake

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Volunteers organize donated supplies outside the Enrique Rebsamen school that collapsed where search and rescue efforts continue in the aftermath of a 7.1 magnitude earthquak, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017. Police, firefighters and ordinary Mexicans dug frantically through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings early Wednesday, looking for survivors of Mexico’s deadliest earthquake in decades as the number of confirmed fatalities climbs. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Dramatic rescue scenes are taking place across the Mexican capital, as rescue workers labor around the clock to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings.

One of the most captivating stories involves an elementary school that buckled with hundreds of children sitting inside their classrooms.

CGTN’s Franc Contreras reports.

One of the most major disasters that took place in this earthquake – the collapse of a private elementary and secondary school, the Rebsamen School on the south side of Mexico City.

Authorities believe children are still trapped underneath the rubble.

Volunteer rescue workers have been working here around the clock. They bring lumber to shore-up parts of the fallen building and shovels to dig out the victims.

Volunteers have created a human chain, to quickly move food and medical supplies into this area. The supplies are for families affected by the earthquake.

But also for those who are working to remove the heavy chunks of broken concrete.

Many of them are soldiers and Marines, who are also involved in this rescue mission that’s capturing global attention.

Mexican federal police agents are coordinating security and helping dig for survivors.

Rescue officials said they believe a little girl is trapped under the rubble here at the school. They believe she’s still alive.

Amid the hope, there is also despair. Authorities confirm many children died when their school fell on top of them.