Relief continues for hurricane survivors

from Adventist Development and Relief Agency International
Published on 17 Oct 1997
Media Contact: Beth Schaefer, News & Information Officer
Phone: (301) 680-6355 Fax: (301) 680-6370
COLONIAL NARVARTE, MEXICO-- The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is continuing to provide food and emergency relief to the victims of Hurricane Pauline, which hit late last week on the southwestern coast of Mexico.

Today, ADRA will be joining with Protección Civil, a local relief organization, in delivering food baskets to rural areas devastated by the hurricane. In the last several days, ADRA has received approximately seven tons of food and clothing, and an additional 120 bottles of water from several local Seventh-day Adventist churches.

Yesterday, the Central Conference of the North Mexican Union sent ADRA a 10-ton truck and bus with 40 people to help in the relief assistance of isolated rural towns that were discovered yesterday in the states of Oaxaca and Guerrero.

"Most of these isolated communities have not received any food or water since the hurricane hit. They have been drinking contaminated water and have had no food to eat," reports ADRA Mexico director, Rafael Garcia. "More resources are being collected in the Central Conference to relieve the people in Oaxaca. Theres a huge task to be completed."

On Wednesday, October 15, nearly 120 ADRA volunteers distributed 226 food baskets, especially in the city of Acapulco, where the worst damage was done. Garcia reports that the greatest need continues to be sanitation, medicines, potable water and food. To date, ADRA has provided US$20,000 of relief and continues searching unreached families isolated
from disaster relief.