Construction supervisor arrested over Mexico earthquake school collapse

Mexican police have arrested the construction supervisor who oversaw work at a primary school that collapsed in Mexico City in the earthquake in September last year, prosecutors said Sunday.

The attorney general’s office for Mexico City said the supervisor will be charged with homicide, news agency AP reports. Its brief statement did not give the supervisor’s name.

The 7.1-magnitude earthquake killed 37 at the private Enrique Rebsamen school.

Officials have said the owner of the private school built an apartment for herself on top of the school wing that collapsed, which may have played a role in the tragedy.

Mexico has also asked Interpol for help in finding the owner, Monica Garcia Villegas.

In all, 369 people died in collapsing buildings during the 7.1-magnitude earthquake.

Police launched a series investigations into buildings that collapsed.

In another case, police in Mexico City charged a construction director for his alleged role in the deaths of two women in a twin tower apartment complex that collapsed.

Image: Volunteers and rescuers work at a collapsed building at Colonia Roma, Mexico City, after the 2017 Central Mexico earthquake (Wikimedia Commons)

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