Gas truck explosion destroyed Thursday a maternity hospital in Mexico City

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The head of national emergency services revised the number and said only one woman and a child lost their life. The explosion destroyed around 70 percent of the maternity hospital. Around three-quarters of the building collapsed after the blast. Rescue workers search survivors. The zone was evacuated “for safety. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said dozens of women and children were evacuated from the site. Some of them had cuts from broken glass. Some of the injured were evacuated by helicopter. The Red Cross said nine babies were taken to three hospitals in the capital. The truck which exploded was fueling the hospital’s tanks. It was a leak in a hose. President Enrique Pena Nieto expressed solidarity with the families of the victims. The truck’s three operators were detained, two of them being hospitalized.

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