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Helping our neighbors: Collection center set up for storm victims

By Jade Arroyo

The intense rains provoked by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have affected over two-thirds of the nation and killed at least 50. In the last 50 years, Mexico has not been ravaged by such deadly storms, Ingrid in the Gulf of Mexico and Manuel on the Pacific coast. According to the federal government, the storms have affected over one million people.
So far, 22 fatalities have been counted in Guerrero, 12 in Veracruz, 4 in Hidalgo, 2 in Oaxaca, 1 in Michoacán and 3 in Puebla. In Tamaulipas, Durango, Veracruz, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí and Colima classes have been suspended in schools owing to the pouring rains.
In San Miguel, collection centers have been set up to send help to those afflicted by the storms. The most needed donations are nonperishable food items such as canned tuna, vegetables or beans, and also rice and lentils, pasta, oil, instant coffee, mayonnaise, chocolate, jelly, sugar and salt. Personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, feminine napkins, diapers, soap, shampoo, razors, toothpaste and brushes, as well as brooms and mops, are also needed, in addition to dry dog and pet food. Bottled water, clothing and medicine are not being collected.
These are the collection centers in town:
IMAJSMA Instituto de la Juventud
Parque Clouthier, Ave 1 de Mayo (next to the general hospital). Monday through Friday, 8:30am–4pm, 121-0201.

Cruz Roja
Libramiento Manuel Zavala 117, Fraccionamento Las Brisas, 152-1616. Open 24 hours a day.

GIFF (Guanajuato International Film Festival)
Fábrica La Aurora, local 5-B. Calzada de la Aurora s/n. Monday thru Friday 9am-2pm and 4pm to 6pm.

San Antonio Abad 4, 152-0910. Monday through Friday, 8am–3pm.

Bomberos (Firemen)
Carretera a Querétaro Km1 (al lado de Plaza Real del Conde). Open daily from 8am to 6p. 152-3699.


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