Within the span of only 16 days, Mexico experienced three massive earthquakes that killed hundreds of people and created widespread destruction. On the evening of September 7, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the Pacific coast of Chiapas state, marking the strongest earthquake to hit Mexico in 100 years. The earthquake was felt throughout southern Mexico and as far as Guatemala City and Mexico City, resulting in at least 90 deaths and widespread damage.

Then, on the afternoon of September 19, the anniversary of Mexico’s devastating 1985 earthquake, a 7.1 magnitude quake struck about 100 miles from Mexico City. With many buildings collapsed or damaged, the earthquake has left the city scrambling to rescue those trapped beneath the rubble. There was also a 6.1 magnitude earthquake Saturday morning, September 23, centered in Oaxaca state near Matias Romero, a town about 275 miles southeast of Mexico City.

Many families living in poverty were the ones who were hit the hardest, losing their livelihoods and their homes. Additionally, basic infrastructure such as schools, police offices and health clinics were lost, making these families more vulnerable. Mexico’s civil society has mobilized to support people in this emergency setting by sending food, water and hygiene kits. However, the reconstruction of the cities and towns is still a very great challenge.

In times of such disasters, The Resource Foundation quickly mobilizes resources and reaches out to its local network to assess the situation as well as local needs and responses to determine where donors’ support can be best invested. The Resource Foundation partners with local non‐profit organizations that provide long‐term reconstruction and recovery assistance in areas afflicted by natural disasters. These organizations can quickly assess needs on the ground and develop initiatives that offer ongoing assistance in the medium and long-term so that victims can rebuild their homes, reestablish their businesses and restore their livelihoods.

TRF is in contact with its local partners in México, Puebla, Chiapas and Oaxaca states in order to evaluate needs and identify areas for effective collaboration in affected communities.

Click here to donate to earthquake relief in Mexico

Every dollar makes a difference. Your donation is very important to the men, women and families who will work to rebuild Mexico in the coming months.

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Photo: “Visita a zona de Oaxaca afectada por sismo” by Presidencia de la República Mexicana is licensed under CC BY 2.0