|courtesy AP- Aljazeera: Mexico Earthquake Victims|
Once again I am putting on hold the national and local violence statistics of the drug war to note several reports on the Mexican earthquake and where to go to help out.
This morning on their daily show Democracy Now! reported:
"Oaxacan Residents Plead for Water & Food After Mexican Earthquake Kills Over 90 People (video within the title link)"
MARÍA TERESA GARCÍA MORALES: [translated] My name is María Teresa García Morales, and this is where my mother lived. My mother died the day of the earthquake while rescuing my niece and my sister. We are here in Asunción Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca. It is a town where we are lacking many things, and the children are lacking them, too. We don’t have water. Please, people, those in the city, help us more than ever. One has to have solidarity with our people and help us, because we don’t have anywhere to live. We don’t have anywhere to stay. We are staying in the streets, in the open air, and sometimes it rains. And we have to see where we can stay.
JOSÉ JUAN ROBLEDO CASTILLO: [translated] This is where my bed was. Here was the bed. And I ran outside and successfully grabbed my daughters. It was this tree trunk that fell on top of our bed. I had to move the trunk to drag the bed out and use here in the backyard, because that is where we are staying. We have to stay in the backyard, because we are still at risk that the house will fall down, and the government help and help from the municipal government has still not arrived. They came to visit us here on the street corner. But up until now, we haven’t had any help from the government of the municipality of Juchitán.
GAIL REGALADO: Yeah, my name is Gail Regalado. It is the only one time that we received something for help. No other kind of people, especially governments, municipal or the federal government—they didn’t bring us anything, as we don’t have water. And, of course, we don’t have electricity. We don’t have electricity. So, for example, in this moment, when it’s at night, we feel really scared, because, you know, the earthquake, the movement, we feel really scared, because we don’t have light. So it’s that kind of—and, of course, we need something that—a kind of food that we can eat for these days.AMY GOODMAN: Voices from Juchitán, Oaxaca, which was the city hardest hit by last week’s earthquake off the coast of Mexico."
Similarly about twenty four hours ago, Aljazeera reported ( with links within the report):
Mexico Earthquake: Victims Complain Of Slow Response
by, Chantal Flores
More recent reports are that help is beginning to come in:
Aljazeera - about two hours ago:
Mexico Rushes Aid To Millions of Quake Victims (with onsite video)
Locally this morning AFN is reporting there are brigades of COFEPRIS in Oaxaca and Chiapas:
Brigadas de Cofepris en Oaxaca y Chiapas
And in Ensenada there has been a drive by the Mayor and the city to collect the basic necessities for the victims of the earthquake, with two centers opening today:
Piden Apoyo Para Damnificanos Del Terremoto
por, Jayme Garcia
As you are aware, Mexico volunteered help and actually did help the victims of HARVEY. Since their own disasters they have had to rescind their offer to help with IRMA. But so far, Trump has not offered to help the Mexicans nor even mentioned the massive earthquake, which is disgusting. Will he? Meanwhile you can go here to help:
While the earthquake was felt by tens of millions of people throughout Mexico and as far away as Guatemala, the southern states of Chiapas and Oaxaca were hit the strongest. These states were the closest to the earthquake's epicenter in the Pacific Ocean, according to The New York Times. Mexico City, which was devastated by an 8.1 magnitude earthquake in 1985 that killed 10,000 people, was also affected by the earthquake but was able to sound a warning over loudspeakers. The city was shaken, but no one was seriously injured. The same could not be said for the provincial city of Juchitán; perhaps the hardest hit of the areas, the city of 100,000 people lost one-third of its homes and 36 people died. Their hospital was nearly destroyed, leaving medical staff to work on injured residents in the parking lot by the light of their cell phones.
An 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico, killing dozens of people. pic.twitter.com/cI4Hte6IeI— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 9, 2017
My thoughts are with the injured & all those who lost loved ones in last night's deadly earthquake in Mexico. Canada stands ready to help.— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 8, 2017
When Harvey hit Texas, the President of Mexico offered help and support. A huge earthquake hits Mexico and our terrible President is silent— American Veteran (@amvetsupport) September 9, 2017
- Mexican Red Cross (donating to the Red Cross is highly recommended, especially considering the aid they offered victims of Hurricane Harvey)
- Oxfam Mexico
- UNICEF Mexico
- Save The Children Mexico