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Collection Center for Affected

Editorial

By Tania Noriz

Yesterday, September 19, just as it did 32 years ago, the land in Mexico gave birth to death and life. A couple of hours after commemorating the victims of the earthquake that struck our country in 1985, and two weeks after the earthquake that occurred in Oaxaca and Chiapas, the earth would move again, leaving behind sad stories, of the terrible human losses, but also moving stories, the ones about those who were born again, rescued from the wreckage. An image has traveled around the world, one showing a closed fist, indicating the respectful silence, that showed what only Mexicans do best, making a homeland by helping a brother when it is needed the most.

As we go to press, the 7.1-degree earthquake that hit Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla, and the Estado de México, killed more than 200 people.

All devastating images, collapsed buildings; Jojutla, a county of Morelos in ruins; a collapsed school, in Mexico City, leaving 22 children dead in what was the Colegio

Rebsamen, the most tragic image derived from the earthquake.

Here in San Miguel, on firm and safe ground, the heart trembles as it trembled in the center of the country. Let’s help! Let us unite to the movement that will feed, give strength, and raise up our beloved Mexico again.

Collection Center for Affected

By Jesús Aguado

On September 19, Mexico City, Puebla, and Morelos were impacted by an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale. As we go to press, the number of dead is not clear but there are more than 200 and 45 buildings crumbled. There are people under the debris.

The tremors were felt in the center of Mexico. In San Miguel de Allende according to the Civil Protection Department, there was a light vibration, almost imperceptible, and it did not cause any damages.

The Red Cross, with three ambulances and 14 paramedics, united with the state organization and collaborated in the works of recovering the injured from under the debris.

“People in San Miguel can be sure that the lack of these three ambulances will not impact our capacity to respond to emergencies in town. We are totally safe and protected with three shifts of paramedics and three ambulances a day.”

On the other hand, civil organizations and even schools got organized to collect food for those affected. Fernández is asking them to contact the Red Cross in order to work together because “the Red Cross has the infrastructure for storing, distributing, and handing out the food to those in need.” This is not just for the earthquake in Tabasco, Chiapas, and Oaxaca, but also for the hurricane in

Cabo, and now the earthquake in Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla.

Needed Products Leticia Fernández stated that the important items include canned food, pastas, and grains; personal hygiene and cleaning products.

Nevertheless, it is important to support with rescue material: hammers, shovels, cords, gloves, flashing lights or lanterns. She also mentioned that donations in cash are being accepted at BANCOMER—the money will be delivered to the National Red Cross—0179808566

Official Collection Centers

Los Centros de acopio—oficiales son:

Red Cross/ Cruz Roja—Libramiento Manuel

Zavala—24/7

Municipal DIF/DIF Municipal—Insurgentes

corner of San Antonio Abad. Mon to Fri

from 8:30am to 4pm

XESQ Radio San Miguel, Sollano 4;

6am-8pm

Old city hall building/Antiguas Oficinas

de gobierno; Plaza principal 4,

8:30am-4pm.

La Casona; salida a Celaya 77

Edificio administrativo, Paseo de los

Conspiradores 120; 8:30am-4pm

Non oficial Centers

Otros Centros de apoyo:

Observatorio Ciudadano; Salida a Celaya

34—10am-6pm.

CEESA; Avenida Allende, 1 de mayo 2, La

Aurora. Wed until 8pm and Thu, 7am-2pm.

 

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