Mexico City, Mexico:
The government statement said the incident occurred in the early afternoon.
At least nine people were killed and 40 more injured in Mexico Sunday after the roof of a church came crashing down, local officials said.
The disaster struck the northeastern coastal town of Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas state, with a Red Cross rescuer telling local media that 80 people had been in attendance at the Santa Cruz parish when the roof caved in.
"Regrettably, 9 deaths and 40 injured are reported," the state's security spokesperson said in a post on social media platform X, adding that rescue work was continuing.
Local media reported that at least 20 people were missing under the rubble and that a baptism was being celebrated when the ceiling collapsed.
"We are experiencing a very difficult moment... the roof of a church has collapsed during the celebration of the Eucharist," the bishop of the local diocese Jose Armando Alvarez said in a video posted to social media.
"At this moment they are doing the necessary work to save the people who are still under the rubble," he added, without providing more details.
The Red Cross rescuer told Milenio television that the death toll was likely to rise.
Several ambulances, patrol cars, and police and military personnel were at the site, in addition to numerous people in search of family members who were in the church.
Local media showed footage of 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 might hear any calls for help coming from people stuck under the wreckage.
"Security and civil protection forces are already dealing with the situation... to coordinate rescue plans," Tamaulipas Governor Americo Villarreal wrote on X.
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.
The Archdiocese of Mexico posted a message on social media offering condolences.
"We join in prayer with our sister diocese Tampico to intercede for our killed and injured brothers," it said.
Local residents put out calls on social media asking for tools to aid the rescue effort, such as hydraulic lifts, wood and hammers.
Ciudad Madero is a city of just over 200,000 people on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
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