International Medical Corps Continues to Monitor Situation in Earthquake-stricken Mexico
In the aftermath of a powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Chiapas State in Mexico just before midnight on September 7, International Medical Corps readied a team of disaster response experts and prepared relief supplies for a potential response effort in affected areas. The tremblor was the strongest to hit Mexico in a century, and the loss of life and devastation to infrastructure could be immense. Even before daybreak, International Medical Corps was set to deploy if international assistance was requested.
“The Government of Mexico has a vast disaster response capacity, and additional support is not often necessary. But we wanted to be ready if the call came,” said Ian Rodgers, International Medical Corps’ Director of Emergency Response and Preparedness. “International assistance has not been requested at this time, but we continue to monitor the situation in the affected areas.”
The powerful earthquake affected more than 2 million people, and at least 95 people have died, primarily in the state of Oaxaca, according to Mexican authorities. Preliminary reports suggest that more than 40,600 homes were affected by the quake, of which 5,000 have been destroyed.
International Medical Corps stands ready to support the Government of Mexico’s relief effort should it be needed. A pre-eminent first responder for more than three decades, International Medical Corps has extensive experience providing medical care and other lifesaving relief in the aftermath of disasters, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
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