ACT Update Mexico 1/2003: Earthquake

News and Press Release
Originally published
Geneva, 7 March, 2003 - ACT member, Church World Service (CWS), reports that recovery efforts continue in the Mexican states of Colima and Jalisco following the earthquake that struck the Country on January 21. The quake measured 7.8 on the Richter Scale.
According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies (IFCR), it is estimated that 25 people died in the disaster and 324 were injured. 2005 houses were destroyed and many damaged. Colima is a predominantly rural state, characterised by many low-income villages with houses made of adobe. It is reported that primary needs for food, clothing and shelter of the affected population are being met by family members and local resources.

CWS reports that as a result of the earthquake, 36 percent of the population in Colima has suffered from trauma. Colima is a state particularly vulnerable to natural disasters.

CWS plans to respond to this emergency with their own resources. Through their local partners they will provide basic shelter and domestic utensils packages for 150 families, and will organise mental health and disaster prevention workshops for 288 families. CWS informs that they will not request support from the ACT Alliance.

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