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07 Dec 2017 description

Ciudad de México, 7 de diciembre de 2017. En respuesta a los daños causados por los poderosos terremotos que impactaron México en septiembre de este año, la Unión Europea ha destinado 158,575 euros (MXN 3,516,621) para que unos 1,640 niños, niñas y adolescentes y 41 maestros del estado de Oaxaca puedan retomar sus clases.

20 Nov 2017 description

Key messages

Education is lifesaving. Education is crucial for both the protection and healthy development of girls and boys affected by crises. It can rebuild their lives; restore their sense of normality and safety, and provide them with important life skills. It helps children to be self-sufficient, to be heard, and to have more influence on issues that affect them. It is also one of the best tools to invest in their long-term future, and in the peace, stability and economic growth of their countries.

09 Oct 2017 description

Tropical cyclone NATE continued moving inland, crossing southeastern Mississippi State and northwestern Alabama State as a tropical depression.

Over the next 24 hours, it is expected to keep moving inland toward the north-east, passing across the Tennesse Valley and the Central Appalachian Mountains. Heavy rain and strong winds may occur over several areas of Florida Panhadle, Alabama, Georgia, northern Gulf coast, Ohio Valley and east Mississippi River.

07 Oct 2017 description
  • Tropical Storm Nate formed Thursday 5 October in the Caribbean near the coast of Nicaragua.

  • The storm caused heavy rains and landslides over several countries in Central America. It is still raining in certain areas.

  • As of 6 October, the death toll has risen to 28, with 14 people missing.

  • National Civil Protection systems have been responding with local coordination mechanisms.

06 Oct 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone NATE (previously named SIXTEEN) continued moving toward the northeastern coast of Nicaragua, strengthening. In the afternoon of 5 October it made landfall south of Puerto Cabezas (Nicaragua) as a Tropical Storm. It then moved north-west over north-eastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras reaching the Gulf of Honduras. On 6 October at 6.00 UTC its centre was located 125 km east-southeast of Isla Guanaja (Honduras) and it had maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h (Tropical Storm).

05 Oct 2017 description
  • Tropical Cyclone SIXTEEN formed over the southwestern Caribbean Sea on 4 October. Then it started moving north-west toward the northeastern coast of Nicaragua as a Tropical Depression. On 5 October at 6.00 UTC its centre was located 120 km south-southeast of Puerto Cabezas (Nicaragua) and it had maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h (Tropical Depression).

25 Sep 2017 description
  • Another strong earthquake of magnitude 6.1 M at a depth of 9 km occured in Oxaca state on 23 September at 12.53 UTC, causing casualties. The epicentre was located 68 Km north-northeast of Salina Cruz (Tehuantepec District) and 420 km away from the 7.1 earthquake of 19 September. USGS PAGER estimated a shaking up to "very strong" for 8 000 people. According to media, as of 25 September, five people died.
22 Sep 2017 description
  • Following the earthquake that hit Puebla State on 19 September, media report 273 deaths: 137 in Mexico City, 73 in Morelos, 43 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico State, six in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. Local media also mentioned that 2 000 people were injured and hundreds of building were damaged, some of them collapsed in Mexico, Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla. Search and rescue operations are ongoing.
  • Two experts from DG ECHO's regional office in Managua have been deployed to Mexico to contribute to ongoing needs assessments.
21 Sep 2017 description

The Popocatepetl Volcano, located about 50 km from the epicentre of the 7.1 earthquake, erupted on 20 September at 17.00 local time. According to media, 12 people have been killed in Atzitzihuacan (Puebla state).

21 Sep 2017 description
  • Following the earthquake of magnitude 7.1 M at a depth of 51 km that hit Puebla State on 19 September at 18.14 UTC, media report the death toll rising up to 230 people. As of 21 September at 6.00 UTC, media reported that most of the victims died in the capital: 100 in Mexico city, 69 in Morelos, 43 in Puebla, 13 in Mexico State, four in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. Hundreds of building were damaged, some of them collapsed in the worst affected states of Mexico, Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla.

20 Sep 2017 description

In a joint statement on the earthquake in Mexico City, Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides and High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini expressed their condolences and reiterated that the EU is ready to help:

19 Sep 2017 description

Following the 7 September earthquake, 41 municipalities of the State of Oaxaca report damages, with over 20 939 houses, 241 schools and 16 hospitals presented as severely damaged. The population of concern is composed of 49 875 people. In Chiapas, 81 municipalities are affected, with 18 826 houses and 48 hospitals severely damaged. The total number of people in shelters is 6 057 (mostly in Oaxaca).

13 Sep 2017 description
  • Following the 8.2 earthquake of 8 September near the southwestern coasts of Chiapas, a team of two field experts from DG ECHO Managua has been deployed to the two most severely stricken states (Chiapas and Oaxaca) to conduct an assessment mission.

  • While field assessments are still ongoing, first findings indicate that the most affected areas are located in Oaxaca, with at least 1900 communities affected (more than 800 000 people). 13 official shelters have been opened and are hosting 7033 people.