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On the morning of 27 September 2017, AMDA-Tenrikyo joint team visited an elementary school which was used as an evacuation center in La Novena Seccion, Juchitan, in Oaxaca Province. Though the security was tightened for burglary prevention, the team was admitted to the facility after negotiating with the facility representative.
In the morning of 26th of September local time, the joint team of AMDA and Tenrikyo’s Branch office in Mexico headed to Juchitan, Oaxaca state from Mexico City. Based on the local information that diapers for both babies and adults, sanitary napkins and tarpaulins were in short, the team procured them in Salina Cruz, the closest city, in the afternoon, then moved to Juchitan in the evening.
On the morning of 24 September 2017, AMDA team comprising personnel from AMDA and Tenrikyo Mexico Office entered the state of Morelos to conduct a needs survey in four locations. Morelos is approximately 150 kilometers south of Mexico City, the capital.
The overall ground surveys revealed that much of the needs had already been fulfilled in Morelos (and Mexico City), hence, there seemed to be no need for emergency assistance.
Upon arrival at Mexico City, AMDA nurse met with a local cooperator, Tenrikyo Mexico local office and had a meeting to share the local affect from the earthquake as well as to discuss about the plan. Our local cooperator office had a little physical damage from the earthquake. Electricity supply was resumed after 2 days, however, water supply has been stopped still.
In response to the catastrophic earthquake that hit central Mexico on 19 September, AMDA has sent a nurse/coordinator to Mexico City. After arriving in the capital on 22 September, the nurse is schedule to meet up with the staff from Tenrikyo’s local office. Earlier this month, Tenrikyo’s Mexico branch had just finished working with AMDA on the disaster relief for the quake that devastated the country’s southwest.
Central Mexico was hit by a massive earthquake with a magnitude 7.1 on 19th September around 1.14pm local time. National Civil Protection reports that 226 people were killed in five states.
According to the local cooperator, they felt strong jolt at the time the quake hit in the Mexico City which is 120 km away from epicenter. Even about 6 hours after earthquake, there is a blackout in a wide range of Mexico City.
On 15 September, AMDA team successfully completed its relief work in Juchitan, Oaxaca, the hardest-hit location in Mexico’s southwest.
To support a local counterpart which had been providing food aid to evacuees, AMDA team donated milk, beans, bread, sugar, coffee, biscuits and oatmeal that were purchased locally. As for medical supplies, the team decided to leave them for a local doctor who worked with the team on the previous day.
Seven days have passed since the quake hit Mexico, AMDA team has been providing medical assistance in Juchitan, Oaxaca, the hardest-hit area.
On September 8th 2017 in Japan time, a magnitude of 8.1 earthquake hit Mexico, and its epicenter was in the Pacific. AMDA decided to dispatch a doctor and a nurse from Japan and they arrived in Mexico on September 11th local time. Upon arrival, they met a local coordinator and Tenrikyo Mexico members for sharing local information regarding the affected areas. AMDA team and two members from Tenrikyo Mexico flew to Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca which is close to Juchitan, one of the affected area after securing goods and medicine Mexico City on September 12th.
On 11 September, one doctor and one nurse/coordinator from AMDA Headquarters in Okayama, Japan, arrived in Mexico City to discuss possible relief measures with local collaborators. Upon arrival, they had a meeting with a coordinator as well as the staff from Tenrikyo’s Branch Office in Mexico.
According to a local report, Juchitan in the state of Oaxaca suffered the heaviest damage while strong sway was also felt in Mexico City at the time the quake struck. Though, there was no major damage in Mexico City as it is located 1000 km from the epicenter.
On 8th September 2017 in japan time, a massive earthquake with a magnitude 8.1 hit Mexico. The epicenter was in the Pacific Ocean, 1000km southeast of the capital. The states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Tabasco, the south of this country, are located closest to the earthquake’s epicenter. At least 65 people were killed and among them 45 people were killed in Oaxaca State according to President Enrique Pena Nieto as of 9th September (local time).
Immediately after hearing the news, AMDA headquarter decided to dispatch a first medical team, consisting of a doctor and a nurse to Mexico.