Israeli search and rescue begins operations in Mexico

By REUTERS
September 22, 2017 07:53

iAID is in touch with its local partners and UN officials who are monitoring the current crisis on the ground.




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September 10, 2017A woman stands amidst the remains of a house after an earthquake struck the southern coast of Mexico in Union Hidalgo. . (photo credit:JORGE LUIS PLATA / REUTERS)

Israel-based international aid agency iAID Search & Rescue team has begun searching for survivors in Mexico.

iAID's 15 member international emergency response team is working in sites where survivors are suspected to be buried. The team is working with the IDF mission on the ground and local officials to better increase efficiency of the search operation.

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The magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck late on Thursday near Mexico's southern coastline, killing nearly 300 people, triggering small tsunami waves and causing massive damage to property and infrastructure.

The founding director of iAID, Shachar Zahavi, said: "iAID is in touch with its local partners and UN officials who are monitoring the current crisis on the ground. Tsunami warnings were issued in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Nicaragua and Costa Rica."

The quake was apparently stronger than the devastating 1985 tremor that flattened swathes of Mexico City and killed thousands, but this time damage to the city was limited.

In August, an iAID team of 10 relief professionals traveled to Texas in order to assist communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.  

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