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Maximal tsunami heights as measured at 10:55 UTC. Max was measured at Salina Cruz (1.01 meter or 3.3 ft). Update 09:52 UTC: Civil Protection agency Conred, Guatemala, says at least 24 houses destroyed, 85 people displaced in Guatemala (preliminary report)
Excellent information here. The Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, is now at the @CENAPRED tot be kept informed about the situation in the country after the M8.1 earthquake
15 fatalities in Mexico. 1 in Guatemala
Update 09:01 UTC: 50 million Mexicans may have felt the M8.1 earthquake says the Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto
Update 08:55 UTC: Revised list of school suspension classes -
- Chiapas - Oaxaca - Hidalgo - Veracruz - Puebla - Tlaxcala - Tabasco - CDMX - Edomex - Guerrero - Morelos
they will never know the actual number killed. Oaxaca and chaipas are two of the most impoverished states and shelter is very fragile. many places where high concentrations of indigenous are in the two states. i see cristobal de la casas was hit hard. very remote.
The way I see it.... the more people that don't like me, the less people I have to please
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This is a damn shame. No wonder DTOs so easily take over whole states.
As Mexico Earthquake Aid Mounts, Many Fear It Will Be Diverted
The catastrophe has thrown Mexicans’ simmering distrust of their government into sharp relief as suspicions mount that aid will be diverted for political gain — or simply siphoned off by corrupt officials.
“Historically, there has been a lack of openness” in disaster relief, Eduardo Bohórquez, the director of Transparency Mexico, an anti-corruption group. “It’s not clear that it reaches the victims.” Now, with the earthquake, he said, “something which has not been resolved in the country reappears.”
JUCHITÁN DE ZARAGOZA, Mexico — Concepción Rueda Gomes has been collecting food and supplies since Mexico’s strongest earthquake in living memory struck her hometown, Juchitán, last week. But when it came time to distributing the aid she turned to private agencies for help.
“There was no way I was going to give away the help we raised to some local official or leader so he can just hand them out to his friends and family,” Ms. Rueda, 50, a jewelry designer, said at her home in Juchitán, where volunteers were loading up three trucks with food, water and blankets.
As the death toll in the earthquake rose to 96 on Monday, desperation intensified among people who have spent four nights on the streets in front of damaged homes. Although the Mexican army has been handing out supplies in the worst-hit regions of southern Oaxaca State, even Gov. Alejandro Murat admitted that help had yet to arrive for many people.
“We are talking about almost a million people who need attention block by block,” he said in a television interview.
But to the people of this provincial city and the surrounding towns, there is another explanation. “It is all turned into political proselytism — and it is outrageous,” said Ernesto Valdieso, 27, a youth activist.
A wave of corruption scandals, combined with the start of a federal election campaign, only serves to heighten skepticism. “This is an election season,” Ms. Rueda said, “and there will be many politicians looking to advance their career. And they see this tragedy as a great opportunity for exposure.”
Federal officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto, have streamed into Oaxaca and the state of Chiapas to the southeast, which was also affected by the earthquake late Thursday. They have promised a house-by-house census that will allow victims to claim emergency funds for rebuilding.
But the history of such reconstruction efforts after natural disasters in Mexico offers little reason for optimism. After twin hurricanes devastated Mexico’s Pacific and Gulf Coasts in 2013, critics accused the governor of the worst-hit state, Guerrero, of diverting aid to groups closest to him.
“People are out for what they can get when the money starts flowing,” said Joy Langston, an expert on local politics at the CIDE, a Mexico City university. And those who face the least constraint are Mexico’s powerful governors, she said.
“You can’t force people to do things right,” she said. “But you can expect local officials to be rational if there is a high probability they are going to be caught.”
After the 2013 hurricanes and the uproar that followed, the government and anti-corruption groups sat down to design an open data platform that would make accounts for disaster relief transparent, Mr. Bohórquez said. But the effort dissipated.
“It sounds good to make things transparent,” Mr. Bohórquez said. “But then you find stuff.”
The government lost interest and the anti-corruption groups turned their attention to other scandals.
Even private groups fall short when it comes to showing how much they have collected and where it goes. Reform proponents say it would be enough to post a photo of the bank account and publish what the money is being spent on.
“We aren’t talking open data, nothing futuristic,” Mr. Bohórquez said.
In her own way, Ms. Rueda understands that. She is taking photos and videos of the aid she is handing out and sending it to her donors, her response to doubts that rippled across social media as people looked for a trustworthy place to send their donations.
“There is a lot of mistrust when it comes to humanitarian aid,” said Yoel Bross, director of the Oaxaca mission for Cadena, the agency which is distributing Ms. Rueda’s supplies. That is why Cadena distributes aid directly, he said.
When Cadena’s trucks arrived on Monday in Juchitán’s Seventh Section, where one in every three houses was severely damaged, it caused a commotion. Residents said that they had not seen help in three days and they blamed the government.
“They are withholding the food and donations, hoarding them, so they can get a picture of themselves giving out food,” Rosalino López, 36, a taxi driver said. “Promoting their image, that’s all they want and care about.”
Mr. Valdieso, the youth activist, said he had even challenged one municipal official who parked a truck filled with donations at her home. “I saw it and got infuriated and confronted her, telling her if she didn’t give us the supplies we would take it by force,” he said. The official called the police to guard her house, he said.
But some people were too distraught to blame the politicians and too tired to clamor for supplies. As Adelina Villalobos, 67, walked to her wrecked house, a volunteer handed her a blue blanket, a bottle of water and four rolls of toilet paper.
There was no more food, so she would need to go to a nearby church for a meal.
That was the plan for one day. The future was unknown.
“What am I going to do now?” she asked, weeping. “Where am I going to live? On the streets forever? Will help come for us?”
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