International Medical Corps Ready to Respond if Needed in the Wake of Mexico’s Second Deadly Earthquake in Two Weeks
International Medical Corps stands ready to provide lifesaving medical care and assistance as needed after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck 120 kilometers from Mexico City on Tuesday, collapsing buildings and killing at least 217 people. Citizens and first responders worked through the night to dig people out of the rubble.
The earthquake came on the heels of a powerful 8.1-magnitude earthquake that hit off the coast of Chiapas state two weeks ago. More than two million people were affected in the September 7 earthquake and at least 95 people died, primarily in the state of Oaxaca, according to Mexican authorities.
“To be hit with two major earthquakes in two weeks is a tremendous tragedy,” said Ian Rodgers, International Medical Corps’ Director of Emergency Response and Preparedness. “We stand ready to support the Government of Mexico with disaster response experts and relief supplies, should it be needed.”
A pre-eminent first responder for more than three decades, International Medical Corps has extensive experience providing medical care and other lifesaving relief in the aftermath of disasters, including Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines in 2013, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.