Mexico earthquake death toll rises as Hurricane Katia hits Gulf coast

(KGTV) - The death toll in Mexico's magnitude 8.1 earthquake Thursday night has risen to at least 64 people.

The quake struck off the Pacific coast of the country just before midnight Thursday, toppling buildings and sending thousands of residents fleeing from their homes. 

Three more deaths were reported Saturday from the southern state of Chiapas, where the state government says 15 people have died due to the earthquake - in addition to the 45 reported deaths in Oaxaca and four deaths in Tobasco.

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About 1,000 homes were also destroyed and 5,000 others damaged in Chiapas alone. A third of the homes in Juchitan, Oaxaca, were also toppled or rendered uninhabitable. 

The earthquake's destruction was soon followed by Hurricane Katia, which has claimed at least 2 lives in a mudslide in the state of Veracruz along the Gulf coast, the AP reported Saturday.

The National Hurricane Center said Katia is expected to dump 10 to 15 inches of rain on the region, which has dealt with deadly mudslides and flooding in the past.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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