On 19th September, central Mexico was hit by a major earthquake, 7.1 on the Richter scale. The epicentre of this quake was in the state of Puebla, and there was another one at almost the same time in the state of Morelos. These earthquakes came less than two weeks after another massive earthquake (8.1) hit the states of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero.
Although the death toll has been relatively low for earthquakes of this magnitude, many people are now homeless and some have lost everything they owned.
Most of the casualties were in Mexico City because of the presence of tower blocks which collapsed. However, many people are also living in the streets in the small towns and cities in the other states. The national and international relief effort – which is concentrated on the capital – has not reached them.
In many small towns in Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla and Morelos, government aid has not arrived. People have not been provided with temporary accommodation in their communities and are living in makeshift shelters. Although Mexico City has suffered great damage and has a higher death toll, our challenge is also to help those affected by the earthquakes in other parts of the country.
People on the ground in Puebla and the city of Mexico will be mobilised to give emergency relief to those affected. All donations will go to our partner and SDIA member, SD Mexico, who will be responsible for the logistics of the relief effort.