20 September 2017

Mexico hit by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake; SOS children and families safe

Mexico City, Mexico, September 20, 2017—A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Mexico yesterday afternoon, killing more than 200 people in Mexico City and the surrounding states of Puebla and Morelos. Severe damage to infrastructure has been reported, including an elementary school, which collapsed and claimed the lives of at least 21 children. As of Tuesday evening, at least 30 children in the school are still reported missing.

"The priority now is continue rescuing those who are still trapped and provide medical attention to the injured," said President Enrique Peña Nieto in a video statement.

The earthquake registered as the strongest to hit Mexico, following one that struck Mexico City in 1985.

SOS Children’s Villages Mexico, which runs 6 SOS Villages that support vulnerable children and families, confirms that all children and young people in its care, as well as all SOS staff members are safe.

Dirk Glas, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages Mexico, released the following statement:

“Fortunately, all the children and families involved in SOS family care and family strengthening are safe. So far the programs closest to the earthquake, in Tehuacán, have not reported any major damage. A safety review of all facilities and infrastructure is being carried out at this moment. The situation in the country is delicate, especially in Mexico City. Our condolences and solidarity to those who have been affected by this tragedy.”

SOS Children’s Villages will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are received.