At least 11 people were killed and two seriously injured Sunday after the roof of a church in northern Mexico collapsed, authorities said.
Preliminary reports indicate that around 100 people were inside the building in Ciudad Madero at the time of the incident, according to a statement from the security services of the state of Tamaulipas. Thirty people were believed to be buried under the rubble, Reuters reported.
At least 60 people were injured, two of them seriously, the Tamaulipas security spokesman said.
Units from the National Guard, State Guard, Civil Protection and Red Cross collaborated in the rescue operation.
Bishop José Armando Álvarez of the Diocese of Tampico said the roof of the church collapsed while worshipers were taking communion, Reuters reported. He urged other community members to pray for the survivors.
“At this moment the necessary work is being carried out to remove the people who are still under the rubble,” Bishop Armando said in a recorded message shared on social media, according to Reuters.