Monday, October 2, 2017
the International Community for its Support
Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mexico is deeply appreciative of the gestures of solidarity from
the international community and knows that it has sincere friends all around the world
Mexico has suffered several severe natural disasters
in the past few weeks. Experiencing two earthquakes with a magnitude of over 7 on the Richter scale in only 12 days tested
not only our preparedness and infrastructure, but also our mettle and our humaneness. The first earthquake, on September 7,
caused a hundred deaths and affected thousands of people in southwestern Mexico. The second, on September 19, has caused
more than  deaths, as well as extensive property damage in central Mexico.
After the earthquakes, the international community
immediately demonstrated its support and Mexico gratefully accepts the help of all countries. Heads of State and Government
from countries in every region of the world, local officials and international organizations have sent messages of solidarity
and expressed their readiness to help those affected.
Since the beginning of the search and rescue operations on the afternoon of September
19, Mexico has had technical assistance from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
in the form of UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) teams, whose specific mandate is to provide advice and help
coordinate and manage information in emergencies.
To date, Mexico has received technical and material assistance from 23 countries,
as well as from the UN and the European Union, which sent a total of 501 people, 32 canine units, equipment and tons of humanitarian
aid. Mexico thanks Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, the Holy See, Honduras,
Israel, Japan, Panama, Peru, Republic of Korea, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, the United States,
It also appreciates the generous offers of support received from Armenia, Australia, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba,
Czech Republic, France, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Kuwait, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Palestine, Paraguay, Poland, Slovakia,
South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Mexico has informed these countries of the specific needs determined by Civil Protection,
including large tents, ecological bathrooms and kitchens, water purifiers, and help during the reconstruction phase.
Society in general,
nongovernmental organizations and businesses have joined in this noble cause, conveying their condolences and showing their
desire to help through our embassies and consulates. The Foreign Ministry, in coordination with the Tax Administration
Service (SAT-SHCP), has established a channel to accelerate the receipt of in-kind aid from abroad.
Mexico is deeply appreciative
for the gestures of solidarity from the international community and knows that it has sincere friends all around the world.
Press release, Sep. 26, 2017, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs (SRE), Mexico City; translation SRE