Mexican Red Cross starts damage assessment

Geneva/ Panama, 24 October 2015 – Hurricane Patricia was downgraded to a tropical depression and continues its passage on land northeast of Zacatecas, so in the coming hours it will cause heavy rains from 75 to 150 millimetres (mm) in Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas as reported by the Mexican Weather Service. The authorities recommend the public be aware of the heavy rains that will continue in the country.

At 13:00 pm of this Saturday, central time in
 Mexico, the National Hurricane
Centre (NHC) reported that
Patricia, a remnant low pressure
area, was located southwest of
 Nuevo Leon, about 70 kilometres
(km) southeast of Saltillo, Coahuila,
and 95 km southwest of Monterrey,
Nuevo Leon with maximum
 sustained winds of 45 kilometres
 per hour (km/h), gusting to 55 km/h
shifting to the northeast 39 km/h. During this Saturday afternoon, gusts of up 55 km/h will continue in Zacatecas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila, which is expected to dissipate in the next hours.

The National Civil Protection System urges people to stay informed about the weather through different media outlets. Minor damage was reported, especially in roads, electrical systems and water supply. Government agencies are working in the reestablishment of services and enabling paths. So far, no serious injuries or damages were reported.

Volunteers on the ground

On 22 October 2015, the Mexican Red Cross prepositioned food items for 3,500 families in Colima and Jalisco to respond immediately to the needs of the affected population. Approximately, 300 the Mexican Red Cross volunteers—specialized in pre-hospital care and needs assessments— are working to determine what are the immediate needs of the population in terms of pre hospital or medical services and food assistance. The volunteers are using mobile data collection technology (Open Data Kit – ODK) to gather assessments of damage and needs in the state of Colima including registration of beneficiaries. Tomorrow 25 October 2015, the Mexican Red Cross will start distributing humanitarian aid using the Mega V system.

The President of the Mexican Red Cross specified that the institution has 800 volunteers of which 500 volunteers, with the support of 37 emergency units of the Red Cross, are supporting the population of the communities of Tecoman, Armory and Manzanillo, in the state of Colima, and areas of Puerto Vallarta, Cihuatlan and Tomatlan, in the state of Jalisco.

Several collection centers were opened at the national headquarters and branches of the Mexican Red Cross nationwide to support the people affected. Additionally, a bank account is open to receive financial donations.

The Mexican Red Cross has maintained communication and coordination with the Civil Protection System, the Mexican Navy and Army and other government entities.

For further information, please contact:

In Mexico

Rafael Gonzalez, Communications Officer, Mexican Red Cross

rafagonzalezd@yahoo.com.mx - Mobile: +52 55 24 42 20 86

In Panama

Diana Medina, Communications Manager, IFRC Americas region

Diana.medina@ifrc.org Mobile: +507 67805395

In Geneva

Benoit Carpentier, IFRC Team leader public communications

Benoit.carpentier@ifrc.org Mobile: +41 79 213 24 13