UPDATE, September 22, 2017
World Vision staff have been deployed to respond to the major 7.1 earthquake that rocked Mexico City and the surrounding regions which have resulted in more than 250 casualties
- World Vision has distributed three tons of food to desperate children and their families in the wake of Mexico’s massive earthquake.
- World Vision is working across 12 emergency shelters/child friendly spaces in Mexico City area, providing food and medicine to those affected by this crisis. Our teams are working in areas hardest hit by the earthquake.
Silvia Novoa, National Director of World Vision Mexico, said, "As a humanitarian organisation devoted to the wellbeing of children, they are our primary concern as this crisis develops. We have been providing food and medicine to those who are on now the streets, and are determined to find safe places for them to sleep before night falls."
World Vision's primary concern is for the physical and emotional wellbeing of children. Events like these can leave them deeply unsettled, as places they love are destroyed. Many have also lost friends and family in the quake.
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September 9, 2017
Families in Mexico are reeling after a massive 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck the country last night, followed by a tsunami warning.
This morning the true extent of the earthquake’s damage was made clear, with a reported 26 people killed, power outages and major destruction of property.
In Oaxaca state 250 people have been injured, and in Juchitan, Oaxaca – the worst hit area – 17 people have been confirmed dead.
What is World Vision Doing?
World Vision staff are ready to support children and their families affected by the disaster, which sparked mass evacuations and has been described as the country’s strongest earthquake in a century.
"Our biggest concern is for children,” said Guillermo Lozano Leo, World Vision Mexico's Director of Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs, “Not only can they be terrified by such large quakes but many families live in very poor quality homes that are prone to collapse. We are closely monitoring the situation to find out how impacted areas nearest the coast are."
World Vision will continue to assess damage caused by the earthquake. In the meantime, the organization is on the ground in Mexico actively positioning emergency supplies for communities.