MEXICO CITY – Juchitan de Zaragoza, the city worst hit by last week’s earthquake in Mexico, is not receiving enough assistance from the federal government, Mayor Gloria Sanchez told EFE on Wednesday.
“There’s no water and there’s no food because the assistance we’ve received has not been sufficient. More support has been needed, but it’s arriving,” said Sanchez, who ran on the ticket of the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD) and National Action Party (PAN) coalition.
The city of 100,000 does not have the “resources to deal with this problem,” the mayor said.
The Sept. 7 temblor killed 98 people, including at least 36 in Juchitan de Zaragoza.
The magnitude-8.2 earthquake affected 2.3 million people in Chiapas and Oaxaca states.
“We definitely depend on the state (Oaxaca) and on the federal government,” Sanchez said.
Juchitan de Zaragoza’s government has been distributing water and food, purchasing some of the goods needed but in insufficient quantities.
“We need everything, we don’t have food and we need water. Assistance for the camps where residents are. Tarps, sheets and tents,” the mayor said.
Thousands of people have been sleeping in the city’s streets and plazas since the powerful earthquake partially or completely destroyed their dwellings.
Some residents are camping outside their homes to protect them from thieves, while others are living in public spaces, such as parks and playing fields.
“We have to help all those in temporary camps so people can live there under minimal conditions,” Sanchez said.
An estimated 70 percent of the dwellings in Juchitan de Zaragoza were damaged by the powerful temblor.
City hall, other public buildings, schools and the main market were all damaged by the quake.
The death toll currently stands at 16 in Chiapas, 78 in Oaxaca and four in Tabasco.