Episcopal Relief & Development responds to earthquakes in Mexico

from Episcopal Relief and Development
Published on 21 Nov 2017 View Original

Providing Ongoing Assistance in Mexico

Episcopal Relief & Development supports relief and recovery efforts in Mexico in partnership with the Anglican Dioceses of Southeastern Mexico and Cuernavaca following two devastating earthquakes in September 2017.

The first earthquake hit Mexico on September 7 with its epicenter located in Chiapas and Oaxaca, striking with a magnitude of 8.2 on the Richter scale. Approximately 100 people lost their lives, thousands were left homeless and many homes and business were damaged or destroyed. Several areas, including Juchitan, Ixaltepec and Santa Maria Xadani, lost 80% of their buildings and infrastructure.

The impacted dioceses are coordinating with local authorities to provide food, water and hygiene items, including toothpaste, soap and first aid kits, for approximately 250 families. Tin roofing and other construction materials are also being provided so that homes can be repaired or rebuilt.

The second earthquake struck the central part of Mexico on September 19, resulting in the loss of 370 lives and more than 200 collapsed buildings. The epicenter of the quake was located in the towns of Ixcamilpa and Pilcaya in the state of Puebla. Episcopal Relief & Development and local church partners continue to provide food, clothing and medical supplies as well as tools and materials for repairing and rebuilding homes.

Donations to the International Disaster Response Fund will help Episcopal Relief & Development support people impacted by the earthquakes in Mexico.