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Hurricane Jimena survivors in Mexico receive emergency food aid

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SILVER SPRING, Md. - After Hurricane Jimena struck Mexico's Baja California Peninsula in early September, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) launched an emergency response to distribute food items to hundreds of survivors in some of the most affected communities in the nation.

Between September 4 and September 13, ADRA distributed food baskets to an estimated 1,750 people, or 350 households, who were selected in coordination with the National System of Civil Protection and local authorities in the communities of Puerto San Carlos, Mulegé, Ciudad Constitución, and Colonia Insurgentes. Those targeted included families who were directly affected by the storm, including extremely low-income families, and those whose household incomes have been compromised as a result of the disaster.

"These food baskets are helping to provide an adequate amount of calories per day for each family member's needs," said Rafael Garcia, country director for ADRA Mexico. "In the selection of food items, we also made sure to bring into consideration the nutritional needs of the target population, and their traditional eating customs."

Food baskets contained sufficient items to meet the nutritional needs of a family of five for 14 days, supporting families during the recovery process. Baskets included corn flour, rice, beans, tuna, cooking oil, sugar and salt.

Funders for this emergency response included ADRA International, the ADRA Inter-American Regional office, and ADRA Mexico.

To date, Jimena remains the most powerful storm of the 2009 hurricane season. It collided with western Mexico's Baja California Peninsula on Wednesday, September 2 bringing high winds and heavy rainfall. It is the 10th named storm of the Pacific hurricane season.

Although the Category 4 hurricane reached maximum wind speeds near 155 mph (250 kph), by the time it made landfall on the Baja California peninsula Wednesday afternoon, it had lost intensity becoming a Category One storm with wind speeds closer to 85 mph (140 kph). However, the storm still managed to cause severe flooding and landslides, uproot trees, destroy roofs, and cut electricity lines throughout the region.

The greatest needs for survivors are for food, roofing sheets, and clothing, according to ADRA coordinator Hugo Sanchez, who visited the affected areas.

To send your contribution to ADRA's Emergency Response Fund, please contact ADRA at 1.800.424.ADRA (2372) or give online at www.adra.org.

ADRA is a non-governmental organization present in 125 countries providing sustainable community development and disaster relief without regard to political or religious association, age, gender, race or ethnicity.

For more information about ADRA, visit www.adra.org.

Author: Nadia McGill

For more information, contact:

John Torres, Senior Public Relations Manager
301.680.6357 (office)
301.680.6370 (fax)
John.Torres@adra.org