InterAction Members' Response to Victims of Floods in Mexico 18 Oct 1999

from InterAction
Published on 18 Oct 1999
Press Contact:
Shanta Bryant, 202-667-8227 x127
NGO Contacts:
James Bishop, Director of Humanitarian Response, 202-667-8227, x104
Stephen Hricik, Senior Program Associate, x106
The following list was produced by InterAction, a coalition of more than 160 US-based private relief, development and refugee assistance agencies. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.

InterAction members listed below are accepting contributions for assistance they or their affiliates are providing to victims of the Mexican floods. Over the last several days, heavy rains fell flooding southeastern Mexico. Hundreds have been killed and an estimated 200,000 are homeless. InterAction members are responding to the thousands who have been left without food, medicine or electricity.

Please visit the following links for further information:

Reliefweb for up-to-date information on the Mexican floods
InterAction's Guide to Appropriate Giving and Donations.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
Mexico Flooding Relief
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Tel: 1-800-242-ADRA (2372) MAP International

Emergency Relief Fund
2200 Glynco Parkway
PO Box 215000
Bruinswick, GA 31521-5000
Tel: 1-800-225-8550

American Red Cross
PO BOX 37243
Washington, D.C. 20013
Tel: 1-800-HELP-NOW
Spanish: 1-800-257-7575

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
475 Riverside Drive, Room 330
New York, NY 10115
Tel: 212-870-3816
Tel: 1-800-554-8583
note: contributions should be marked "Mexico"

Catholic Relief Services
P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD
Tel: 1-800-736-3467

World Relief
Dept. 3
P.O. Box WRC
Wheaton, IL 60189
Tel: 1-800/535-5433

Church World Service
Attn. Mexico Floods
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515
Tel: 1-800-297-1516, ext. 222

World Vision
PO Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063

Direct Relief International
27 South La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117
Tel: 1-800-676-1638

Operation USA
8320 Melrose Ave, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tel: 1-800-678-7255

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA)
(updated October 18, 1999)

ADRA has provided more than 25,000 people in the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Veracruz, and Tabasco with food relief, including food parcels containing basic grains (aid valued at more than US$85,000). ADRA is operating 12 kitchens and providing three hot meals a day to as many as 2,000 affected residents in north Veracruz. In addition, ADRA is now adding north Puebla to its relief efforts where there are more than 10,000 people affected by flooding, according to Rafael Garcia, ADRA Mexico director. With funds from the German government, ADRA will also be providing US$143,000 of temporary shelter materials--including wood and metal roof sheeting--in south Veracruz and Tabasco as soon as the water recedes. The German embassy in Mexico also recently donated approximately US$30,000 to ADRA for additional food relief in north Veracruz.

American Red Cross
(updated October 14, 1999)
In the wake of the torrential rains of more than 15 inches, the Mexican government is taking the lead in providing disaster relief for the more than 250,000 people affected by this terrible disaster. The Mexican Red Cross has been working with the Mexican government to help assess needs for the relief and recovery. The Mexican Red Cross has responded quickly, mobilizing 7,000 volunteers, conducting search and rescue operations, opening shelters and providing medical attention. The American Red Cross stands ready to respond with additional assistance. An ARC regional desk officer is in Mexico assessing the current relief situation, as is a delegate from the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. The American Red Cross has provided telecommunication equipment and cash for relief assistance.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
(updated October 14, 1999)

CRS has made an initial pledge of $100,000 to assist victims in the rain-drenched communities of central and eastern Mexico. The floods and subsequent mudslides, triggered by a week of rain from a tropical depression in the Gulf of Mexico, have taken more than 200 lives and left thousands homeless. The death toll is expected to rise as the damage assessments are completed.

Catholic Relief Services operates programs in Mexico with its local Caritas partners. This relationship will allow the assistance to be immediately channeled to appropriate locations. The funds will be used to provide emergency relief supplies, such as plastic sheeting for shelter, five-gallon water containers, family hygiene articles, and medicine.

Church World Service
(updated October 14, 1999)
CWS is seeking $100,000 to assist local partners in what is expected to be an initial appeal that will be expanded later. Of that amount, $50,000 is from CWS Blanket Funds to be used by the partners; the other $50,000 is for direct support for food, plastic sheeting and some clothing by the local partners. The partners are the Good Pastor Baptist Church, the Social Pastoral Commission of the Archdiocese of Oaxaca, and the Bartolome Carrasco Human Rights Center, all in Oaxaca; the General Assembly of the National Presbyterian Church in Tabasco; the Popular Communication Center in Puebla; and the Survivors Assistance Committee in Chiapas.

Direct Relief International
(updated October 18, 1999)
Direct Relief International sent two shipments to clinics in rural areas of the Mexican state of Oaxaca affected by the recent flooding. The shipments include antibiotics, analgesics, and personal care items. Two other shipments will go out by the beginning of next week. One of these shipments will be flown directly from our Santa Barbara headquarters/warehouse to Merica, on the Yucatan Peninsula.

MAP International
(updated October 14, 1999)
MAP International is accepting donations of cash and appropriate GIK for relief efforts into the states of Mexico recently affected by extreme flooding. MAP's support will be directed toward the health sector needs and is being coordinated through contacts with the Mexican Red Cross.

World Relief
(update October 14, 1999)
World Relief is currently evaluating requests for assistance from potential partners in Mexico.

United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR)
(updated October 14, 1999)
UMCOR is working in two flooded areas through the Methodist Church of Mexico. We have already dispatched the first response funds which are meant to allow those on-site to set-up shelters, provide food, water and other necessary items. Following that first release UMCOR is in contact with the people on-site to provide an assessment and request additional funds, personnel and material resources which may be required.