Mexico Humanitarian Situation Report #1 - 08 September 2017

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 08 Sep 2017


  • On 7 September at 11:49 pm an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 on the Richter scale struck at the coast of Chiapas, which heavily affected neighbouring state Oaxaca and slightly affected other parts of the country, including Mexico City.

  • Based on the latest census of Chiapas and Oaxaca, an estimated 2,133,238 children, out of which 584,060 are under 5, live in the areas affected by the earthquake.

  • 122 municipalities in Chiapas and 41 others in Oaxaca have been declared under a state of emergency.

  • UNICEF Mexico has been in contact with the National Civil Protection Authority to offer assistance in terms of child protection and WASH and three teams will be deployed on 9 September to the affected areas of Chiapas and Oaxaca for a rapid assessment of the needs of women and children.

2,133,238 estimated number of children living in the areas affected by the earthquake in the States of 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.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

  • The number of casualties as of writing is still very low, with 7 recorded in Chiapas, 23 in Oaxaca and 2 in Tabasco.

  • The Ministry of Education declared that all schools are closed in the capital and in the affected areas.

  • Hospitals in Chiapas and Oaxaca have been severely affected and according to the Ministry of Health patients were evacuated and the Children’s Hospital and Regional Hospital of Chiapas were closed. At least 8 hospitals in total were damaged in Chiapas.

  • Meanwhile, at least 21 municipalities in northern Oaxaca are under a state of emergency due to floods brought about by Hurricane Katia; 11 municipalities are already under a state of emergency in the nearby state of Veracruz.

  • Children are found in shelters with their parents after evacuation especially from tsunami-risk areas; no reports yet of missing or separated children.