Mexico Earthquake: Humanitarian Situation Report #3 - 18 September 2017

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 18 Sep 2017
  • 2,133,238 estimated number of children affected by the earthquake in Chiapas and Oaxaca, out of which 584,060 are children under 5 years of age.

  • US$ 1.2 million required by UNICEF Mexico for immediate and complementary response to the needs of children and adolescents in earthquake affected areas, and possibly in areas to be affected by simultaneously incoming hurricanes.


  • On 15 September, the Government of Mexico (GoM) sent a letter to the UNRC, welcoming proposals and supplies that will help families recover, as well as the reconstruction of public spaces, such as schools and hospitals.

  • After rapid assessment made by UNICEF from 9-11 September, UNICEF has prepared a response plan for 6 priority municipalities in Oaxaca and Chiapas, mainly in the areas of education and child protection.

  • UNICEF’s support will focus on 40 schools and 16 shelters in 6 priority municipalities, targeting approximately 20,000 children.

  • This week, child friendly spaces were set-up in Juchitan and Ixctaltepec (Oaxaca); other municipalities in Oaxaca and Chiapas will soon receive child protection support.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs


  • 1,075 schools are affected: 54 in the 5 priority municipalities (10,595 students). In total, there are 13,500 schools in Oaxaca.

  • Census of schools has been finished by IEEPO (local education institute) in the Istmo area.

  • UNICEF staff deployed in the Istmo area have visited 10 shelters where there is a fluctuating number of children and adolescents from daytime to nighttime. Stress and fear is still present among children and their parents.


  • There are 1,606 schools affected, 86 with major damages. 97 of these schools are in Tonala, 40 in Mapastepec, 72 in Pijijiapan and 21 in Zinacantan.

  • Main needs are: advocacy and support for a prompt return to school and to promote education continuity (support through distribution of school-in-a-box and finding temporary learning spaces).

  • UNICEF staff deployed in Chiapas visited a total of 4 shelters in Mapastepec, Pijijiapan and Tonalá.