Two World Vision-supported communities in Chiapas, with more than 4,000 children sponsored by World Vision donors in Canada, are reportedly stable. Our staff is responding to the needs in these areas, primarily through the provision of food, water, and non-food items.
Tabasco state, meanwhile, was particularly hard-hit; here, floodwaters reached the rooftops of many houses, destroyed personal belongings, and forced more than 500,000 people to leave their homes, our Mexico staff reports.
Authorities continue to assess damages, but preliminary reports from the state now indicate:
As the waters recede, garbage and dead animals have surfaced. Beyond the stomach-churning smell of decay, the potential risk for disease outbreaks has spurred health authorities to begin providing vaccination against hepatitis, flu, and tetanus to flood survivors.
Flooding also has pushed alligators and poisonous snakes from their natural habitats; many of these dangerous creatures have been sighted in and around waterlogged streets near homes and neighborhoods.
Our Mexico staff members also report that most people living in the shelters go home during the day to try to retrieve their belongings and protect their property from theft. At night, the army protects flooded communities from looting in Tabasco's capital city, Villahermosa.
Meanwhile, World Vision teams on the ground are working tirelessly to ensure the safety of local families.
Some 40 metric tons of soap, shampoo, sanitary towels, sanitary paper rolls, powdered detergent, and liquid cleaner have been donated to World Vision and are being shipped to Villahermosa, although flooded and mud-covered roadways may cause delays. Additionally, staff is providing lanterns, batteries, and children's toys.
>> Pray for the families and children affected by the flooding and mudslides, particularly families and children in isolated communities who urgently need help, as well as aid workers laboring tirelessly to provide such assistance.
>> Donate now to assist children and families in southern Mexico who are in urgent need of food and supplies due to massive flooding.
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