Photos: Relief reaches flooded Mexican communities

Chris Huber
Sep 23, 2013

Widespread flooding from three powerful storms has devastated parts of both of Mexico’s coasts, affecting about 1.2 million people and killing 130. World Vision is providing relief supplies to affected families in the western state of Guerrero.

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Water 5 feet high brought flooding and mudslides that covered vehicles and destroyed homes in Acapulco, Mexico.
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Children play in the World Imperial Forum in Acapulco Sept. 24. The concert and entertainment venue became a temporary shelter for hundreds of people after Tropical Storm Manuel flooded the city with waist-deep water and mud.
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A mudslide covers much of the road that connects Ometepec to Xochislahuaca, Mexico, east of Acapulco.
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World Vision staff helped residents of Xochislahuaca assess the damage after rain inundated the mountainous village, causing mudslides and flooding.
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World Vision staff provided families in the Santa Catarina River community in Guerrero with food, blankets, and tarps to help them recover from destruction wrought by Tropical Storm Manuel.
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Angela, left, and her children lost the roof of one bedroom and the back wall of her house during Tropical Storm Manuel in mid-September. "My son cannot sleep in his room, but we can be at home thanks to the tarps provided by World Vision," says Angela.
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Torrential rains in western Mexico destroyed part of Carmen’s roof. World Vision gave her two tarps to provide enough cover to stay in her house while she rebuilds.
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Mexico’s government issued a state of emergency in several municipalities in Guerrero, while Hurricane Ingrid simultaneously inundated the eastern coast .
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Guerrero residents paddle a boat through the streets after Tropical Storm Manuel brought heavy rains and deep floodwaters.
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Angelica Rivera, Mexico's first lady, helps during World Vision's response to flooding in Guerrero on Sept. 18. She chairs the National System for the Comprehensive Development of the Family. World Vision will partner with the Mexican government to strengthen the emergency response efforts, said Manuel Mendez, World Vision's director for humanitarian and emergency affairs in Mexico.
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A home in Xochistlahuaca was torn apart when Tropical Storm Manuel blew through the western town, located southeast of Acapulco.
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Residents in Guerrero, Mexico, wade through knee-deep water after Tropical Storm Manuel pummeled the country's Pacific coast.
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Preliminary numbers show that 200,000 people are affected throughout the western state.
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A World Vision staff member, center, helps community members in the Xochistlahuaca area distribute emergency supplies. The organization works with 21 communities in this region of Guerrero. Sponsors support nearly 3,500 children in the affected areas. All sponsored children are safe, initial reports indicate.
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Throughout its response, World Vision will provide clean water, sanitation kits, construction materials to help families rebuild their homes, and Child-Friendly Spaces, where children have a safe place to learn, play, and receive counseling.