Floods in Mexico

Report
from Direct Relief
Published on 15 Oct 1999
Direct Relief International is in the midst of sending its first four shipments of aid to areas in Mexico facing severe flooding. Mexico's worst floods and mudslides in 40 years have already killed over 400 people and left more than 250,000 homeless. Direct Relief has already sent two shipments to clinics in rural areas of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. These include a wide range of primary-care medicines such as antibiotics and analgesics, as well as personal-care items, baby blankets, and school supplies to replace those destroyed in flooded-out schools. Two other shipments of medical aid will be going out by early next week, one to be split between the states of Puebla and Oaxaca and the fourth to be flown directly from Santa Barbara to Merida, on the Yucatan Peninsula. Some of the worst effects of this latest storm are expected to be felt in the states of Yucatan, Chiapas and Quintana Roo, all south of the tourist resort area of Cancun. Direct Relief has been working to arrange these shipments since the torrential rains began in Mexico more than two weeks ago. Strict importation regulations imposed by the Mexican government have delayed them until now.