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AMDA Emergency Relief Bulletin #3: Earthquake in Mexico

Publication date:2017-09-14
On September 8th 2017 in Japan time, a magnitude of 8.1 earthquake hit Mexico, and its epicenter was in the Pacific. AMDA decided to dispatch a doctor and a nurse from Japan and they arrived in Mexico on September 11th local time. Upon arrival, they met a local coordinator and Tenrikyo Mexico members for sharing local information regarding the affected areas.  AMDA team and two members from Tenrikyo Mexico flew to Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca which is close to Juchitan, one of the affected area after securing goods and medicine Mexico City on September 12th.

In the next day, AMDA team went to two affected areas, namely La Quinta section and La Septima section of Juchitan, Oaxaca state to conduct medical mission for the affected people. Total of 47 patients (19 patients in La Quinta and 28 patients in La Septima) received our medical service and no emergency case was reported. Infectious diseases such as common cold and gastritis, problem with blood pressure control, and shoulder pain were the major signs and symptoms seen at the medical missions. Besides, some patients were suffering from their stress. For example, some of them said, “I do not have much appetite after the earthquake.”, and the other stated, “I do not have any particular symptom, but I came here because I am scared of the earthquake.”

According to the local information, all utilities are available in Salina Cruz, major city located 50-60km away from severely damaged Juchitan town. However, buildings in Juchitan are widely damaged. Even though electricity and water service are restored in Juchitan, food and daily goods are still short despite local churches and volunteer groups are offering them relief goods and food. It has been 6th day that Evacuees started to live on the roadside after the earthquake,

Tomorrow, after meeting with a local doctor, AMDA team will continue offering medical service to the local affected people in Juchitan of the state of Oaxaca.

    •  GPSP Multi-National Medical Mission (Peace Building)
    •  Mexico
    •  2017
    •  ER & Reconstruction
    •  GPSP