Hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid brought high winds and torrential rains and left a wide path of devastation and flooding on both coasts of Mexico. More than 1 million people were affected and search and rescue efforts continue for the missing after last week’s storms.
The Mexican state of Guerrero was the most heavily impacted, though 20 other states throughout Mexico are also dealing with the devastating aftermath of the hurricanes. Severe damage to infrastructure, including roads and airport, has slowed emergency access to impacted areas and hindered communication.
The Mexican Red Cross responded immediately assisting with first aid and search and rescue, and now has 7,200 volunteers helping those affected by the storms.
The most immediate need is for food since so many people are isolated due to road closures and landslides. The Mexican Red Cross has distributed nearly 700,000 pounds of food mainly through airlifts, and operational centers are open in seven states.
As flood water recedes, the Mexican Red Cross will begin delivering disaster relief supplies like cooking utensils and items to help people clean up their flooded homes.
Since the storms struck the American Red Cross has been in close contact with the Mexican Red Cross, and has committed an initial $150,000 to the response. The American Red Cross will continue to work with the Mexican Red Cross as the full extent of damages and needs are assessed. The American Red Cross also has opened cases to help U.S. nationals locate missing family members in Mexico.
To support the ongoing relief efforts in Mexico, please visit redcross.org/mexico.