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.