One of the strongest storms ever recorded has made landfall on the west coast of Mexico. Oxfam is on standby ready to respond.
One of the strongest storms ever recorded, Hurricane Patricia has hit the west coast of Mexico.
Mexico’s coastal towns may have been spared the worst when super storm Hurricane Patricia reduced rapidly in intensity on making landfall, but as the storm continues to make its way across the country, the threat of flooding and landslides remains
Oxfam’s rapid assessment teams are today travelling to affected communities to survey damage caused by the hurricane, particularly in poor and marginalised communities.
Hurricane Patricia became the strongest hurricane ever known to make landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico after the centre of its eye crossed the coast of Jalisco state early Friday evening.
Affected states include Oaxaca, Guerrero, Michoacán, Colima, Jalisco, Nayarit, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes. Some roads are closed due to small landslides, fallen trees and floods.
Oxfam will continue to make damage and needs assessments and closely monitor the storm’s progress and is working with the Government of Mexico, who are leading on the response. We remain ready to assist if required.
Oxfam has stockpiles of household water kits, that help ensure families have access to safe drinking water, and hygiene kits, comprised of basic sanitation items like anti-bacterial soap. These simple items save lives in the aftermath of disaster.
You can support Oxfam’s response to humanitarian crises worldwide by donating to our Disaster Response Fund below.