ERD aids communities in Mexico after Hurricane Wilma

Report
from Episcopal Relief and Development
Published on 01 Nov 2005
Episcopal Relief and Development is providing emergency assistance to communities on Mexico's Caribbean coast affected by Hurricane Wilma. The Category 4 hurricane struck Mexico on October 21, destroying homes and causing millions of dollars in damage to cities including the towns of Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel. The storm stalled over the peninsula, pounding the region with heavy rains and winds of 115 mph which knocked out power in many communities. The country's environmental department said Wilma ripped through coral reefs and damaged more than one million acres of trees on the peninsula.
"Hurricane Wilma destroyed many homes and affected all services and communications," said the Rt. Rev. Benito Juárez-Martínez, Bishop of the Diocese of Southeastern Mexico. "The diocese has two missions that were affected by the storms. Right now, food and other necessities are scarce as people try to get through each day and night," said the bishop.

On behalf of Episcopalians, ERD is supplying emergency relief to the Diocese of Southeastern Mexico. The funds will provide critical assistance including 100 food baskets, 100 blankets, and 40 tents.

Hurricane Wilma also devastated areas in southern Florida. ERD has partnered with the Dioceses of Southeast and Southwest Florida to provide food, shelter, clothes, and other supplies to the most vulnerable populations in communities affected by the hurricane.

To help people affected by Hurricane Wilma, make a donation to the 2005 Hurricane Fund at http://www.er-d.org/, or call 1-800-334-7626, ext. 5129. Gifts can be mailed to Episcopal Relief and Development, 2005 Hurricane Fund, PO Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101.

Episcopal Relief and Development is the international relief and development agency of the Episcopal Church of the United States. An independent 501(c) 3 organization, ERD saves lives and builds hope in communities around the world. We provide emergency assistance in times of crisis and rebuild after disasters. We enable people to climb out of poverty by offering long-term solutions in the areas of food security and health care, including HIV/AIDS and malaria.