Mexico - Earthquake Fact Sheet #2, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

Report
from US Agency for International Development
Published on 23 Sep 2017

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Earthquake toll rises to at least 305 deaths and more than 2,600 injuries; majority recorded in Mexico City

  • DART, including USAR specialists, supports coordination and emergency interventions in affected areas

  • GoM reports sufficient health response capacity, with 98 percent of health facilities in Mexico City operating normally

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • The Government of Mexico (GoM) continues to coordinate a robust national and international response to the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that struck central Mexico on September 19, killing at least 305 people, injuring more than 2,600 people, and damaging more than 20,000 buildings, according to the latest GoM and international media reports. The majority of deaths and injuries occurred in the capital of Mexico City, where GoM officials recorded 167 earthquake-related deaths and nearly 2,000 earthquake-related injuries.

  • In coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and USAID/Mexico, the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART)—including urban search-and-rescue (USAR) specialists from the Los Angeles County Fire Department—is supporting GoM National Civil Protection System officials to conduct damage assessments and respond to critical humanitarian needs. As of September 23, the USAR team remained engaged in delayering operations—removing collapsed floors with great caution, floor-by-floor, to avoid accidentally harming people who may be trapped—at a multi-story office building in Mexico City, where an estimated 80–100 people remain unaccounted for.

  • On the morning of September 23, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck southern Mexico’s Oaxaca State, more than 300 miles from Mexico City. The GoM Emergency Commission in Mexico City remains activated in response to the September 19 earthquake, and the National Civil Protection System is coordinating nationwide emergency response operations for earthquake-affected areas. GoM civil defense authorities temporarily halted rescue operations immediately after the earthquake as a safety measure, but activities have since resumed, according to international media. The GoM has reported some infrastructure damage due to the September 23 earthquake, with preliminary damage assessments by GoM authorities ongoing in affected areas.

NUMBERS AT A GLANCE

At Least 305 Fatalities Resulting from the Earthquake
GoM, Media – September 23, 2017

2,632
Injuries Resulting from the Earthquake
GoM – September 23, 2017

20,000
Damaged Buildings in Affected Areas
GoM – September 23, 2017

CURRENT SITUATION

  • As of September 23, the September 19 earthquake had resulted in at least 305 deaths, including 167 deaths in Mexico City, 73 deaths in Morelos State, 45 deaths in Puebla State, 13 deaths in Mexico State, as well as others in Guerrero and Oaxaca states. In addition, the earthquake destroyed more than 5,600 homes, and damaged an additional 14,250 homes in Mexico, Morelos, and Puebla; Mexico City data remained pending as of September 23.

  • The GoM is implementing a three-phase response comprised of a first phase focused on shelter assistance, the provision of food commodities, and the total restoration of basic public services; a second phase focused on assessing damage to affected infrastructure; and a third phase of reconstruction and debris removal.

  • GoM health officials report sufficient capacity to respond to health needs following the earthquake. Health facilities in Mexico treated more than 2,600 earthquake-affected people, and nearly 98 percent of health services were operating normally as of September 22. As of September 21, the Mexican Red Cross was supporting 25 USAR teams and more than 130 ambulances for the emergency response, as well as providing assistance to support people who lost contact with relatives following the earthquake.

  • Nearly 65 emergency shelters in Mexico City and Gurrero and Oaxaca states are housing more than 3,000 people, and more than 100 shelters remain operational in Mexico, Morelos, and Puebla states. The GoM also reports the Federal Electricity Commission had restored electricity to 95 percent of those affected as of September 22.

  • GoM civil protection officials are also disseminating standard post-earthquake guidance to people in the affected areas, including recommendations to review household conditions and relocate to shelters as needed, to remain hydrated, and to adhere to hygiene best practices.