When disaster strikes, World Vision is there. We are on the ground in Mexico assessing the damage and providing emergency relief for survivors of the earthquake that struck Mexico City. At least 225 people are dead after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Mexico Tuesday, Sept. 19, just two weeks after another earthquake of magnitude-8.1 left more than 90 people dead on September 7.
A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck near Mexico City on 19 September at 13:14, causing damage and loss of life throughout Mexico City and the state of Morelos and Puebla. National Civil Protection Protocols and the National Emergencies Committee have been activated. Urban search and rescue activities are still underway.
World Vision is working in 12 shelters in Mexico City, our staff is providing food and medicine to children and their families. So far, we have distributed approx. six tons of food in Mexico City, Oaxaca and Morelos. We've also distributed 500 pieces of tools to support rescue efforts in different points of the city, specifically Colonia La Condesa and Colonia Roma, which were the hardest hit areas by the earthquake. We plan to distribute relief supplies to those affected.
Currently there are 2 Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) operating in Mexico City as well as 2 more in Oaxaca and 3 in Chiapas, affected by last the Sept 7 quake. Child-Friendly Spaces provide a safe place for children to play and receive psycho-social support after this traumatic event. Today we are expecting to install additional CFS in Mexico City. We've trained over 300 volunteers that include 6 MDs and 20 psychologists who are providing medical attention and emotional support to the children.