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Mexico earthquake: Oxfam sends in assessment teams to two worst hit areas

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Oxfam is sending in two teams of humanitarian experts to Morelos and Puebla, with more on the way, following the 7.1 earthquake that struck central Mexico on September 19th. This is the second earthquake to strike Mexico in less than two weeks.

Oxfam Mexico Executive Director Ricardo Fuentes Nieva said “In the long term, we need to make sure people are safe, especially in the more marginalized areas. While many are focusing on Mexico City, there are many other communities outside, like Morelos or Puebla, that have suffered tremendously from this earthquake and that need attention now.”

Over 200 people have died and hundreds are injured. Many remain trapped under rubble.

Morelos and Puebla are two of the most affected areas. Oxfam’s response plan is likely to focus on food, water and sanitation and protection. The assessment teams are made up of Mexican, Colombian, Peruvian and Spanish nationals.

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Notes to editors:

Oxfam has launched a Mexico earthquake appeal. Donate here: https://secure2.oxfamamerica.org/page/content/emergency_mexico/

 

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