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Tuesday 13 April 2010

Aid en route to Mexico after earthquake
Aid en route to Mexico after earthquake
Earthquake damage in the Mexicali, Mexico. Photograph: Jenifer Kormendy

Emergency shelter for up to 2,600 people is being sent to Mexico after an earthquake rocked the country last week.

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Baja California region on Sunday, April 4. An estimated 25,000 people have been affected by the earthquake with the worse damage in rural areas south of Mexicali.

More than 5,000 families have reported that their homes have been either complete destroyed or severely damaged. ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members John Mackie (US) and Jennifer Kormendy (CA) arrived in Mexicali on Saturday, April 10 and will soon receive the first consignment of ShelterBox tents.

Jennifer said: ‘We toured some of the worst hit areas on Saturday and there is definitely a need for ShelterBox aid.

‘People have stunned looks on their faces as they try to comprehend what lies ahead following the earthquake. There have been over 2,000 aftershocks since the earthquake struck and even if homes were not flooded or flattened, many structures remain too unstable to occupy and people are sleeping outdoors.

‘ShelterBox tents will allow them to gather their families and remaining possessions and stay close to their homes until they are able to rebuild. The tents will likely be used for up to a year as many do not possess the resources to rebuild immediately.

‘We have been receiving invaluable logistical support from government agencies and enthusiastic Rotarians.’

ShelterBox Head of Operations, John Leach, added: ‘This is the fourth earthquake we’ve responded to this year and we’re working hard at HQ to make sure the team get the tents they’ve requested as quickly as possible.

‘There are people in need and our job is to get them shelter and give them the security they need to begin the rebuilding process.’

A selection of photographs taken by the ShelterBox Response Team in Mexico can be seen here.
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