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GENEROUS donations and tireless volunteers are allowing The Salvation Army in Mexico to respond to disasters across the country after Mexico was hit by two major earthquakes and a hurricane within less than two weeks.
In early September, after receiving warnings about the damage likely to be caused by Hurricane Katia, The Salvation Army sent two canteens to Veracruz. However, before the hurricane could make landfall an earthquake measuring 8.1 magnitude on the Richter scale struck off the south coast of Mexico on 7 September, causing extensive damage in Oaxaca state.
The Salvation Army has been working flat out in the tourist resort of Cancun, Mexico, which was hit with the full force of Hurricane Wilma. Sustained winds exceeded 110 miles per hour, with gusts reaching even higher speeds. Tidal surges hit luxury resorts that line a strand of beach between the Caribbean Sea and an alligator-filled lagoon, causing extreme damage. Windows were blown out, walls collapsed and in some cases the sea swelled high enough to reach the third floor.
The Salvation Army has increased its aid relief efforts in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico, by sending an officer and eight cadets from the School of Officer Training in Mexico City to the region. They are helping officers and volunteers already working at four feeding stations along the Cuatan River, not far from the city of Tapachula, providing vital assistance in an area devastated by flooding caused by Hurricane Stan.
Hurricane Wilma finally moved away from Mexico's Gulf Coast on Sunday after pounding the Yucatan peninsula, killing at least six people and destroying hotels and thousands of homes. However, many roads are still not passable and local airports are closed, creating difficulties for relief teams trying to access the worst hit areas.
As continental USA recovers from the combined effect of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, The Salvation Army in Mexico is providing help to the victims of the less well-publicised Hurricane Stan, which brought devastation to parts of Central America.
Author: International News
Salvationists from the México Command are helping victims of severe flooding which has claimed 400 lives and left more than a quarter of a million people homeless. The emergency canteen has taken food, clothing and water to Tulansingo, Hidalgo, one of the areas worst-hit by the floods. The town is only two hours away from Mexico City.