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Every child accounted for at school wrecked in Mexico earthquake

By Staff Reporter

Authorities have said there are no missing children at a collapsed Mexico City school where rescuers had been hunting for a girl they believed was trapped.

Assistant navy secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento said there was evidence of a person who may still be alive, but it was probably a school worker.

The search for a supposedly missing girl had been a focus of attention across the country yesterday as a symbol of hope following Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

Mr Sarmiento said 11 children were rescued alive after the quake, while 19 children and six adults died.

"We have done an accounting with school officials and we are certain that all the children either died, unfortunately, are in hospitals or are safe at their homes," Mr Sarmiento said.

The attention of many in Mexico and abroad had been drawn to the plight of a girl identified only as Frida Sofia, who was said to have been located alive under the pancaked school building and became a symbol for the hopes of thousands of rescuers working around the clock in search of quake survivors.

Rescuers at the school site spoke of the girl, with some saying she had reported five more children alive in the same space.

Yet no family members had emerged while rescue efforts continued and some officials had begun to say her identity was not clear.

Tuesday's magnitude 7.1 quake killed at least 245 people in central Mexico and injured more than 2,000.

That included at least 21 children and five adults at the Enrique Rebsamen school in southern Mexico City.

Earlier yesterday the navy announced it had recovered the body of an employee at the school.

Mexico City mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said the number of confirmed dead in the capital had risen from 100 to 115, bringing the overall toll from the quake to 245.

In all, 52 people had been rescued alive since the quake.

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