On Tuesday September 19th, Mexico was hit with a second earthquake in two weeks. According to CNN the 7.1 magnitude earthquake ripped through the capital destroying schools, buildings and homes. People flooded the streets to grasp what was occurring. Unbeknownst to many both earthquakes were a result of the rupture of fault lines within the North American tectonic plate.
The death toll to this date is roughly 320. Rescuers are relentlessly searching for survivors in hopes of saving lives. Watching the aftermath unfold on the tv is truly sad. But rest assured, there are a lot of ways to give back. Here is what you can do to help!
Monetary donations to UNICEF Mexico – donate what you can as every penny counts.
The massive “apocalyptic” category 5 storm hit Dominica, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, the US Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory.
Puerto Rico arguably was slapped the hardest leaving hospitals crippled, houses roofless and flooded streets. A total of ten people have died as a result of the storm. Communication is extremely limited – 95 percent of cell towers are down. Puerto Rico has been left without power. The country is ultimately in a state of emergency. Below are a couple of organizations supporting the relief and rebuilding efforts:
Unidos: a fund supported by Bill Deblasio and other members of congress. The fund is managed by the Hispanic federation.
The Miami Foundation – comprised of two funds supporting both recovery and rebuilding efforts.
U.S Caribbean Strong Relief Fund: organization will support the relief efforts of Caribbean nations affect by Maria
As a latina I sympethize with all those affected in by these natural disasters. I can’t even imagine the feeling of not hearing back from family members. During this time its important to remain positive and have tons of faith. And remember always be kind!