Death toll in Mexico, Guatemala quake rises to 5

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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 10:02 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 10:06 AM

TUXTLA GUTIERREZ, Mexico (AP) — The death toll in from a magnitude-6.9 earthquake near Mexico's border with Guatemala has risen to five, with authorities confirming two more deaths in Mexico.

The director of civil defense for the Mexican border state of Chiapas says a total of four people there were killed by falling pieces of roofs or walls.

Luis Manuel Garcia Moreno said Tuesday that about 9,000 homes in Chiapas were damaged.

In neighboring Guatemala, President Otto Perez Molina said a baby died when parts of the ceiling collapsed on the newborn in the San Marco medical center. Perez Molina said 33 people were injured in Guatemala.

The quake occurred early Monday on Mexico's Pacific coast near the Guatemala border.

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