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A massive earthquake, measured at 7.1 on the Richter scale, struck Mexico’s capital on Sept. 19—the same day that the country’s biggest earthquake had hit 32 years prior. The death toll continues to rise, but at least 230 people are estimated dead and hundreds injured.
At least 44 buildings, including homes, schools and office buildings, were destroyed, according to news reports. A primary school collapsed, killing 25 people, including 21 students and four teachers. More rescues are underway. Please keep them all in your prayers.
“Children are often the most vulnerable in emergencies such as this, and we are particularly concerned because schools across the region were in session and filled with students,” said Jorge Vidal, the director of operations at Save the Children in Mexico, as reported by ABC News.
This earthquake came some 12 days after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. People had resorted to sleeping outside in fear of aftershocks, when this second earthquake hit, according to the ABC News article.
Islamic Relief worked with local partners on the ground to get aid to those in need.
Islamic Relief USA worked with local partners to provide stabilizing emergency aid to communities affected by the earthquake. Construction of six transitional shelters took place to efficiently house families whose homes were completely destroyed. Throughout the project 1,500 families received tarpaulin and rope to help mitigate significant home damage. Another 250 families were supplied with kitchen replacement kits consisting of items like cooking pots/pans, cooking utensils, and food containers. In response to growing hygiene concerns over 250 households were given direct education about best practices in sanitation during the recovery phase.