"In cooperation with local authorities and other aid agencies, the first priority will be to provide immediate relief to victims in the form of temporary shelter, food, water, and medical aid," said Jed Hoffman, Catholic Relief Services' regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean. "Further assessments will then need to be made about the extent of the damage and losses of homes."
Mexican Civil Defense authorities have been working to clear access roads to the region, and the full extent of damage will not be known until small rural villages are reached in the coming hours and days.
Catholic Relief Services is marking its 60th year as the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic Community. The agency provides assistance to people in more than 87 countries and territories on the basis of need, not race, creed or nationality.
To contribute to Catholic Relief Services' efforts, send donations to:
Catholic Relief Services
Mexico Earthquake Fund
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD 21203-7090
For more information on CRS' work in Mexico and throughout the world, please visit our website www.catholicrelief.org