Mexico

USAID/OFDA partnered with the Mexican Red Cross (MRC) to distribute emergency relief commodities to storm-affected populations f
USAID/OFDA partnered with the Mexican Red Cross (MRC) to distribute emergency relief commodities to storm-affected populations following hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel in late September 2013.
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Key Developments

Beginning September 13, hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel produced heavy rainfall that caused widespread flooding across Guerrero, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, and Veracruz states, affecting an estimated 1.2 million people in Mexico. Government of Mexico (GoM) authorities report that the storms and associated flooding and landslides resulted in 123 deaths as of September 24. In addition, heavy rains damaged or destroyed an estimated 20,000 houses, and authorities evacuated nearly 50,000 individuals, according to GoM officials. Following a major landslide in La Pintada village, Guerrero State, the GoM conducted air operations to rescue approximately 68 individuals inaccessible by road. Approximately 312 municipalities in 26 states declared states of emergency.

On September 20, U.S. Ambassador E. Anthony Wayne declared a disaster due to the floods. In response, the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) provided $250,000 through MRC for the local procurement and distribution of emergency relief commodities—including kitchen supplies, household items, and personal hygiene kits—to disaster-affected populations. USAID/OFDA’s Mexico-based disaster risk management specialist (DRMS) traveled to Mexico City on September 20 to liaise with the U.S. mission disaster relief officer (MDRO) for Mexico, GoM civil protection authorities, and MRC. The DRMS also activated two USAID/OFDA local surge capacity consultants, who traveled to Guerrero State to liaise with GoM emergency officials. USAID/OFDA staff in San José, Costa Rica, continued tracking the situation in the days following the disaster in close coordination with USAID/OFDA’s DRMS, the MDRO in Mexico, and USAID/OFDA staff in Washington, D.C.

Background

Mexico is prone to a variety of natural hazards, particularly hurricanes and floods. Since 2003, USAID/OFDA has responded to 10 disaster events in Mexico, including food insecurity, floods, an earthquake, hurricanes, and wildfires. USAID/OFDA disaster assistance contributed to the emergency relief efforts of local and international non-governmental organizations and supported GoM relief efforts. In addition to direct disaster assistance, USAID/OFDA supports ongoing disaster risk reduction activities and capacity building initiatives for disaster response in Mexico and the larger Latin America and Caribbean region.

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Last updated: December 18, 2013

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