7 killed in Mexico church roof collapse

7 killed in Mexico church roof collapse

At least seven people were killed in northeastern Mexico on Sunday after the roof of a church collapsed during a service, local officials said.

In the coastal town of Ciudad Madero, a Tamaulipas state government spokeswoman said more people remained trapped and rescue efforts were underway.

Tamaulipas Governor Americo Villarreal wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, where he wrote a message lamenting the tragedy.

At least 20 people were still missing under the rubble of the Santa Cruz local parish, and that a baptism was being celebrated when the ceiling collapsed.

The government statement said that the incident happened in the early afternoon.

Images broadcast by Milenio Television show dozens of people trying to hold up part of the collapsed structure with poles while others made their way through the wreckage in search of survivors.

In a scene reminiscent of earthquake recovery efforts, rescuers could be seen raising their fists in the air as a call for silence, so they could hear any calls for help coming from people stuck under the wreckage.

A video reportedly from a nearby security camera appears to show the moment of collapse, as the church building disappears into a cloud of dust.