One year after the 8.2-degree earthquake in Chiapas and Oaxaca

On the first anniversary of the 8.2-magnitude earthquake that hit the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, the head of the Secretariat of Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu), Rosario Robles Berlanga, said that of the damaged homes in Oaxaca and Chiapas, they have an 80 percent progress in the reconstruction process.

In addition, she said that one in four homes are already fully built, two out of four have more than 50 percent of reconstruction and only one of four is in a percentage lower than 25 percent.

The federal official accompanied the governor of Oaxaca, Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, in a ceremony where the flag was at half-staff; there he recalled that the earthquake affected 65 thousand homes.

Murat reported that 6,000 affected schools were reported, of which 950 are still pending with financing and in the reconstruction stage, expecting completion in the next four months, and at the moment 7 billion pesos have been designated for their reconstruction.

The quake also affected 59 hospitals and health centers where more than 600 million pesos have been designated and in less than a month the Hospital de Juchitán, in addition to eleven more, should be fully repaired.

“Today the reconstruction of businesses and homes that after 26 thousand aftershocks, of which 85 have been more than 5 degrees, Mexico has not stopped responding to the natural disaster that struck in the heart of the Isthmus of Oaxaca,” the governor said.

At the ceremony, the Military Zone Warband made a note of silence in memory of the 82 Oaxacans who lost their lives in the 8.2-magnitude earthquake that occurred on September 7, 2017.

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This article was written by Ian Hayden Parker, Oaxaca Life staff writer, the leading source for English news in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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