The latest toll from the earthquake that struck western and central Mexico on January 21 is 29 dead, 300 injured and 30,000 homeless. The epicenter of the quake was in the state of Colima, where there was heavy damage to homes. Fernanco Moreno, the state governor, said most of the people who perished were crushed and suffocated when the walls of their houses collapsed on them. He has declared Colima a disaster area. Staff from the Mexico City office of UMCOR's ecumenical partner Church World Service are conducting an assessment in Colima today. Please give to International Disaster Response Advance #982450-8, which enables our rapid response to emergencies such as this one.
UMCOR is providing emergency relief in many areas of the world. To find out more about UMCOR ministries and to make a secure online gift, please visit the website: http://gbgm-umc.org/umcor/. Gifts may also be made through local United Methodist churches; sending financial contributions to UMCOR or by calling 1-800-554-8583, where credit card donations are accepted.
United Methodist Committee on Relief
General Board of Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
Room 330, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115
Voice Phone: 212-870-3816; FAX: 212-870-3624