Mexico: Earthquake Response

Mexico is one of the world’s most seismically active regions. Sitting atop of several intersecting tectonic plates, earthquakes are common in this area. The recent Central Mexico earthquake that struck on 19 September had an magnitude of 7.1, causing severe damage in the states of Puebla, Morelos and in the Greater Mexico City area. So far 369 deaths have been reported and more than 6,000 injuries.

The local AMURTEL and AMURT teams in Cuernavaca has since then responded to the immediate crisis and distributed food, tents, blankets and toiletries to the local community and nearby villages.

The Civil Hospital in Cuernavaca itself was also damaged, and the main building had to be evacuated. Here AMURTEL/AMURT distributed toys, coloring books and crayons to the children which needed attention after the traumatic experience.

In the tiny hillside town of Tlatempa, an estimated 75 percent of the homes are badly damaged or destroyed. The damaged buildings are too dangerous to live in and need to be rebuild. After assessing the area, AMURTEL/AMURT distributed essentials such as blankets, clothes and water.

In the town of Jantetelco the situation is similar. Here tents and canvases has been distributed among the neediest families. In coordination with the ‘Faculty of Social Service’ from UAEM, food and goods where distributed to families and those working on the demolition and removal of debris.

As the damages is severe, AMURTEL/AMURT will continue to provide support to the affected population, and your donation is much appreciated.