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Dear Editor:

On The Scene Earthquake Report – September 20, 2017

The strong earthquake that took place on September 19th killed hundreds of people and left thousands without homes in Mexico City and parts of the States of Morelos and

Puebla. There are still buildings where people are trapped. Millions of people have been mobilized to give all kinds of help.

Within the areas close to the more than 40 destroyed buildings long lines of volunteers have been forming to remove the rubbish with buckets while the rescue teams, upon detecting signs of life, ask the crowds to remain silent by lifting their arms, hoping to hear a voice, a cry or a noise that will help to detect the actual location where the rubbish needs to be removed.

The streets of the City are full of people that distribute supplies and medicines, prepare meals for the rescuers and go to supermarkets, pharmacies and hardware stores to find the items requested by the rescue teams and those that have lost their homes.

Thousands of young people on bicycles and motorcycles carry backpacks loaded with vital supplies that can´t depend on the snail like movement of automobiles.

Groups of professional and university engineers are organizing to help with the verification of the state of buildings and homes. Doctors, psychologists and veterinarians are also helping in the disaster zones, in the shelters and in people´s own homes.

Also, with the accumulation of a large quantity of supplies, brigades of volunteers have organized to travel to the affected communities in Morelos and Puebla. Social media has been playing a very important role with regards to the distribution of information about what kind of help and where the help is needed.

Just like what happened during the 1985 earthquake, people took to the streets to help their fellow citizens in an exercise of absolute dedication and of massive solidarity.

Statistics as of September 22, in Mexico City: Close to 300 dead, thousands injured, 44 collapsed buildings and many more either damaged or on the verge of collapsing.

 

Sandra Ortega

 

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