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Update: Mexico’s largest earthquake in the last 100 years

20 September 2017

Another earthquake struck central Mexico on Tuesday 19 September at 1.14pm local time. The epicentre is southwest of Puebla and at least 217 people are confirmed dead. You can find the latest information and updates here. 

14 September 2017

Update on Mexico

Oaxaca and Chiapas states were most affected by last week’s earthquake in Mexico. They are home to about 9 million people and are two of the most impoverished areas in Mexico. Around 100 people died. 

Whilst Field staff and our Church partners continue to assess the impact, we have had a report of 52 Compassion-supported children having been affected and 15 Church partners too.

Our RESPOND program has been supporting these families with groceries, clean water and shelter as needed. Several homes of Church staff were destroyed, but they are still working to visit, comfort and pray with children and their families. The Compassion field office is preparing a response plan to address long-term needs, including trauma counselling, provisional shelter, reconstruction and activities to help restart the economies in affected communities where the Compassion-supported children live.

Update on Guatemala

Heavy rains have caused some delays in assessing the impact of last week’s earthquake on Guatemalan Church partners and Compassion-supported children. In the latest report 2 Church partners were affected and 11 Compassion children. 

Please continue to pray for safety and provision of our children and church partners as they rebuild their homes and deal with loss. We will contact you directly if your sponsored child has been impacted. 

11 September 2017

On Friday 8th September, an 8.1 magnitude earthquake struck 100 miles west of the state of Chaipas in Mexico. With the epicenter being near Pijijiapan, Chiapas which is one of the communities where Compassion works. Mexican President Enrique Pe√Īa Nieto said the earthquake was the strongest earthquake in Mexico in the last century. The earthquake was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City.¬†

mexico epicentre BBC

*Source: BBC

Since the earthquake, there have been over 150 aftershocks, several surpassing 5.0 magnitude. Chiapas and Oaxaca have been declared in a state of emergency. Numerous deaths have been reported. 

The regional hospital in Juchitán, Oaxaca collapsed, so the government has set up a mobile hospital to take care of the community. Over 1,100 schools are damaged throughout the country and will remain closed until appropriate safety measures can be taken. 

There is no ground transportation, electricity and communications are not stable in some of the communities where Compassion works so information will come slowly. As a result, we do not have specific  information as of yet on the impact this has had on our Compassion Church partners or Compassion-supported children at this time.

  • The field office believes at least 14 Church partners¬†in Juchit√°n and surrounding areas may be damaged but no details are available yet.
  • Nearly 100 Church partners¬†have cancelled activities for the weekend due to the aftershocks. Civil protection authorities have recommended not resuming activities until the buildings are assessed for safety.
  • Church partner staff are visiting children and their families to pray with and encourage them and provide other assistance as needed. The¬†RESPOND disaster funds will be used to ensure they are safe, fed and cared for.

Please join us in praying for:

  • All the Church partners that may have been affected
  • The families of children who may have lost their homes
  • Partnership Facilitators and Church staff as they work to account for all registered children and ensure they are well.

We will be updating this page with updates we receive from the field. We will contact you directly if your sponsored child has been impacted. 


Photo Credit: AP Photo/ Luis Alberto Cruz - Soldiers remove debris from a partially collapsed municipal building in Juchitan, Oaxaca state.


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