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How Angelenos are helping earthquake relief efforts in Mexico




Volunteers remove rubble during the search for survivors in a flattened building in Mexico City on September 20, 2017 after a strong quake hit central Mexico on the eve killing at least 240 people.
 (PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
Volunteers remove rubble during the search for survivors in a flattened building in Mexico City on September 20, 2017 after a strong quake hit central Mexico on the eve killing at least 240 people. (PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Relief work has begun in Mexico and there’s a lot to do.

“We’ve heard they’re some towns in Morelos where as much as 80 percent of the town’s buildings have been destroyed,” said Miguel Angel Perez president of the board of Council of Mexican Federations in North America (COFEM).

This L.A.-based organization has launched a fundraiser, which has already raised $20,000. They hope to raise more money in the upcoming weeks. Perez said most of the donations and media attention so far has been focused on Mexico City, so his organization plans to focus on the state of Morelos.

“There’s a lot of people [in Morelos] who have been displaced, who’ve lost their homes. And they’re in need of some kind of temporary shelters, food, water and medicine.” 

They plan to visit Mexico in the upcoming weeks and deliver the money to aid organizations on the ground that are working directly with those affected.  

Other members of the Mexican community in Los Angeles have expressed desire to go to Mexico themselves and help. Carlos Garcia de Alba, the Mexican Consul General in L.A., says airports are open and encourages family members to assist their relatives. However, there are some limitations.

“I have to say, sadly, yesterday one person asked if it was possible to travel to Mexico. The person who called had not legal status in the US. He was asking if we could help to go to Mexico and return safely to the US,” said Garcia de Alba.  “Unfortunately, this is not the case. The Mexican consulate cannot help in those cases. We have some limits in our capacity. “

Garcia de Alba also thanked the County of Los Angeles for sending a rescues team to Mexico City. For Angelenos that are able to help out financially, he suggests donating to organizations like the Mexican Red Cross. He hopes that all Angelenos will come together and help Mexico in it’s time of need.

“To the Mexicans — but also not just to the Mexicans — to the whole Angelino community, to be close to Mexico in these difficult times and also to help. Now, the most urgent thing is to rescue the people that are still alive.”