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While Wealthy Neighborhoods Swamped By Quake Aid, Poor Feel Abandoned

Daniel Trotta - Reuters
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September 25, 2017

Days after quake, aid only just starting to reach rural Mexico (CGTN America)

Donate: How You Can Help Central Mexico Earthquake Victims (Care2)

Relief supplies and volunteers are piling up at rescue sites in upscale districts of Mexico City following last week’s deadly earthquake in a show of solidarity that has contrasted with the government’s struggle to get aid to people most in need.

In the wealthy neighborhoods of Roma and Condesa in the center of Mexico City, volunteers by the hundreds stand ready to help dig for survivors who may be trapped beneath the rubble. In recent days, however, they have largely remained idle.

Others have brought food and water, eager to tend to rescue workers or the thousands of people made homeless by the quake. Yet they have struggled to find takers because so much sustenance is on offer.

In the poor, far-flung neighborhoods in the outskirts of the capital, meanwhile, aid and comfort were less abundant. And in villages in some states surrounding the Mexico City, victims said they had yet to see government aid arrive.

... The government’s response to Tuesday’s quake, which killed 319 people in Mexico City and surrounding states, is under scrutiny ahead of presidential elections next year.

Earthquakes are politically sensitive after the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party’s flawed response to the 1985 earthquake that killed thousands.

Read the rest at The Peninsula

Related: Thousands Homeless After Mexico Earthquake (Associated Press)

Related: 'Fuerza Mexico': Earthquake Has Been the Engine of a Newfound National Solidarity (Los Angeles Times)

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