Oaxaca requests aid after strong Mexico quake damages 1,000 homeshttps://indianexpress.com/article/world/oaxaca-requests-aid-after-strong-mexico-city-earthquake-damages-1000-homes-5069421/

Oaxaca requests aid after strong Mexico quake damages 1,000 homes

A military helicopter surveying the quake damage crashed in Santiago Jamiltepec on Friday night, killing at least 13 people.

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The coffins containing the remains of people killed in a helicopter accident are carried for burial in Santiago Jimitepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico, Saturday, February 17, 2018. The military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from the Friday’s earthquake crashed killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground. AP/PTI

Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca requested federal emergency funds on Sunday to supply food, shelter and health services in more than 30 municipalities battered by last week’s powerful quake in a region still reeling from temblors in September.

The 7.2 magnitude quake on Friday, which did not cause any deaths, had its epicenter about 90 miles (145 km) from the Pacific coast surfer resort of Puerto Escondido. It shook buildings in the capital, sent tremors as far south as Guatemala and set off more than 1,520 aftershocks.

At least 1,000 homes were damaged in Oaxaca, the state’s governor, Alejandro Murat, told a Mexican television program on Saturday, higher than earlier estimates of damage. Media images showed homes, businesses and schools with cracks in their walls and rubble scattered on the ground.

A military helicopter surveying the quake damage crashed in Santiago Jamiltepec on Friday night, killing at least 13 people.

Mexico’s Interior Ministry said federal aid would go to towns including Pinotepa Nacional, closest to the epicenter, and Santiago Jamiltepec, which had reported 50 damaged homes along with a church and government building.

Recovery efforts are still being carried out in Oaxaca as well as Mexico City after strong earthquakes in September killed several hundred people and toppled buildings.

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