The crushed vehicle belonging to U.S photojournalist Wesley Boxce stands near his home building that collapsed in the last week 7.1 earthquake at the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City. Picture: AP Photo/Marco Ugarte

Mexico City — The death toll from Mexico's September 19 earthquake has risen to 343, with 204 of the deaths coming in the nation's capital.

National Civil Defense chief Luis Felipe Puente announced the new toll Thursday, as recovery teams pulled some of the few remaining bodies out of collapsed buildings in Mexico City.

A member of a City youth organisation cleans in front of a building that collapsed in the last week's 7.1 earthquake on Amsterdam and Laredo streets, at the Condesa neighbourhood of Mexico City. Picture: AP Photo/Marco Ugarte


Most of the capital's collapse sites have already been cleared of rubble.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said Wednesday that preliminary accounting suggests damage from the magnitude 7.1 quake and an even more powerful one earlier in the month could cost upward of $2 billion (about R28 billion).

Associated Press