ADRA Offers Aid to Families and Displaced Survivors in Mexico

The agency is assisting hundreds of families and thousands of people in need.

ADRA International, and Adventist Review
ADRA Offers Aid to Families and Displaced Survivors in Mexico
ADRA Mexico’s team assist a man in Acapulco, Mexico, where Hurricane Otis battered the southern Pacific coast, killing dozens of people and destroying homes and buildings. [Photo: ADRA Mexico]

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is on the ground in Mexico, responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Otis, which struck on October 25. Otis, a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 165 mph (266 kph), touched down near Acapulco, on Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. National Hurricane Center reports indicate the storm quickly strengthened offshore and became the fiercest hurricane in the Eastern Pacific to ever make landfall in Mexico.

According to United Nations agencies, more than 1 million people in Mexico, including 300,000 children, need humanitarian aid. In the State of Guerrero, the catastrophic storm left 100 people dead or missing, damaged at least 120 clinics and hospitals, and destroyed more than 270,000 houses and more than 400 hotels in the tourist section of Acapulco.

ADRA mobilized rapidly within hours of the crisis to aid over 3,000 people. The global agency supplied free satellite internet services and immediate cash assistance to afflicted families living in extreme poverty.

“This tragedy has shattered the lives of some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the State of Guerrero. ADRA emergency response teams and volunteers have been working nonstop day and night to deliver critical assistance. Power outages and phone service disruptions affected a significant portion of the population. Since our arrival, our satellite internet service has brought peace of mind to hundreds of families who had lost complete contact with their loved ones,” said ADRA Mexico country director Rubén Ponce. “In Acapulco, more than 100 hospitals and community clinics have reported damage. We needed to redouble our efforts to support the local health system’s recovery.”

According to Elián Giaccarini, ADRA’s emergency response coordinator for the Inter-America Division, “The delivery of emergency economic assistance distributed by ADRA Mexico grants greater flexibility and decision-making power to affected families, supports local businesses, and lays the foundation for recovery and resilience of communities.”

The agency is expanding its humanitarian efforts to provide broad specialized medical services, mostly to vulnerable children and women, through mobile clinics deployed in Acapulco in conjunction with UNICEF.

ADRA’s disaster relief efforts in Mexico are made possible through the generous support of donors and trusted partners.

“The humanitarian challenge before us is unprecedented. As a result, we are committed to increasing our efforts to help the most vulnerable families for as long as it takes. “Therefore, we rely on the kind support of our donors and partners more than ever to continue saving lives,” said David Poloche, ADRA’s regional director for the Inter-American Division.

About ADRA

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is the international humanitarian arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church serving in 118 countries. Its work empowers communities and changes lives around the world by providing sustainable community development and disaster relief. ADRA’s purpose is to serve humanity so all may live as God intended.

The original version of this story was posted by ADRA International.

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