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Borderland Quake Damaged More Than 200 Homes, Injured 11 People in Chiapas

Mexico News Daily
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June 17, 2017

Ramón Ayala, of the municipality of Huixtla, showed damage left by the earthquake in the gym that his spouse manages (María de Jesús Peters. El Universal)

Information tends to travel slowly when it concerns Chiapas: the real dimensions of the damage caused by Wednesday’s earthquake are now beginning to appear.

Authorities are now reporting there was either total or partial damage to over 200 houses and 27 schools, some collapsed bridges and a tally of 11 people injured in the 7.0-magnitude quake registered on the Mexico-Guatemala border at 2:29am.

The Civil Protection chief for the Soconusco region of Chiapas has confirmed that in the municipality of Huixtla alone five homes were destroyed and 144 were partially damaged. The 27 damaged schools are also in Huixtla and one of them was a complete loss.

The other affected municipalities were Villacomatitlán, Huehuetán, Tapachula and Ciudad Hidalgo. The latter was located just 16 kilometers northwest of the epicenter.

At least two bridges collapsed due to the seismic event and several rural roads were partially affected, representing up to 170 million pesos (US $9.5 million) in damages, according to estimates by the federal Communications and Transportation Secretariat (SCT).

The federal Interior Secretariat and the state government have installed a damage assessment committee through which the reconstruction process will begin and relief will be provided to the affected population.

A 65-year-old resident of the region told the newspaper El Universal that she “had never felt an earthquake of that nature.

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Related: ‘I’ve Lost Everything:’ Oaxaca After 2 Storms (Mexico News Daily)

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