Tragedy has struck in Mexico following the collapse of the roof of a church in the state of Tamaulipas this Sunday. The accident occurred while a baptism was being celebrated inside the parish, which caused at least 10 deaths, in addition to leaving more than 40 injured.
The parish of Santa Cruz is located in the Unidad Nacional neighborhood, in the city of Madero. The Mexican authorities indicated that the National Guard and emergency services went to the scene to proceed with the rescue tasks, which are still active.
Llegamos hace un momento a #CiudadMadero para apoyar en las labores de rescate. Estamos cerca de cada acción que esta lamentable tragedia requiera.
Elevemos juntos una oración por aquellos que perdieron la vida, por los heridos y sus familiares. Los abrazo con el alma y sepan… pic.twitter.com/M1zOgBsDkl
— Américo Villarreal (@Dr_AVillarreal) October 2, 2023
The governor of the state of Tamaulipas, Américo Villareal, traveled to the site of the disaster and spoke to the media there. The governor confirmed to the AFP agency that the death toll soo far has amounted to ten. Five women, two men and three minors. Among the more than 40 injured, at least 23 had to be hospitalized.
La #GuardiaNacional colabora en el rescate de las posibles personas atrapadas y en el auxilio de las que resultaron lesionadas, por el colapso del techo en la Parroquia Santa Cruz, Colonia Unidad Nacional de Cd. Madero, Tamps.#PorMéxicoSiempreenGuardia pic.twitter.com/nTuksYHV4e
— Guardia Nacional (@GN_MEXICO_) October 1, 2023
According to the governor, the building was about 50 years old and was built in an industrial style. According to the same sources, those responsible for the parish had not detected any cracks or defects in the construction until this Sunday.
Es impresionante como colapso la parroquia StaCruz en Tamaulipas.
Esperemos que las personas que se encontraban ahí no estén graves .🙌🏼🥺pic.twitter.com/NQaaghtvzm
— Ｍ𝐀Ｒʸ 𝕏 (@Mari_Arnaiz_) October 1, 2023
Some neighborhood security cameras captured the moment the building collapsed. In the images, which are circulating on social media, you can see how the roof of the church collapses, along with some walls, and raises a large cloud of dust around it.
De forma silenciosa, continúan las labores de rescate en la Parroquia Santa Cruz de Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas. pic.twitter.com/Y2fG0F4EAk
— Infórmate y + (@InformateyMas) October 2, 2023