69.8 F
Mérida
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
###

Aid drive underway for Odile victims

Latest headlines

2 Cuban migrants die in shipwreck off Yucatán coast

Unofficial reports claim that Mexican authorities helped 19 people to disembark the badly damaged ship.

Angels: What makes Adele Aguirre’s new art exhibit at SoHo Galleries so moving

Adele Aguirre's "Angels" exhibit at SoHo Galleries responds to a personal crisis, but will be cathartic to everyone suffering loss. ...

Frustrated animal rights activists blockade Mérida shelter

The protestors set up camp outside of the facility and took to laying on mats and pieces of cardboard to demonstrate their commitment to settling the issue without violence.

Property taxes in Mérida to increase in 2022

Property taxes across Mérida are about to see a considerable increase. 
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.

A volunteer at Siglo XXI in Mérida collects food, water, paper goods and other necessities for hurricane victims on the other side of the country.
A volunteer at Siglo XXI in Mérida collects food, water, paper goods and other necessities for hurricane victims on the other side of the country. Photo: Procivy

More than a ton of canned food, rice, beans, water, diapers and other products has been collected at the Siglo XXI convention center for victims of Hurriane Odile in Baja California Sur.

The humanitarian aid drive began last Thursday at a collection center in the Chichén Itzá Room by the State Civil Protection Unit (Procivy).

‘What is urgently needed are nonperishable foods, canned goods, cookies, chocolate milk powder for children, canned tuna and sardines,” said Aarón Palma Euán, director of Procivy. Bottled water is also essential, he added.

Proceeds will be delivered on Saturday, Sept. 27 when a trailer with a capacity of 30 tons will leave for Mazatlán, and from there by sea to Baja California Sur. Until then, the collection center will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Palma Euán urged everyone to join in this effort made by the state government to collect all possible aid to bring “our share for our brothers in Baja California Sur.”

On Sept. 14, Odile slammed Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, La Paz, Mulege, Bahia de Los Angeles and other towns on the Baja California peninsula. Two confirmed fatalities were reported.

Throughout last week, much of the southern tip of the peninsula remained without electricity and drinking water. Due to flooded roads, the Los Cabos area was cut off from nearby towns.

Thousands of U.S. tourists coming home, after being stranded for days, were met with Red Cross disaster workers offering support. In Houston, the Red Cross provided support to more than 360 passengers on one flight, making sure they had something to eat, comfort kits containing personal hygiene items, and health and mental health support. At least 15,000 tourists were vacationing on Baja California when the hurricane hit. Anyone trying to locate or check in on a U.S. citizen in Baja can contact the State Department’s Overseas Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747.

The Mexican Red Cross has opened collection centers in several states to help those affected and sent the first shipment of 2,000 food parcels to Los Cabos. About 500 disaster workers have come from all over Mexico to help.

Sources: Diario de Yucatán, U-T San Diego, Red Cross

- Advertisement -

Subscriptions make great gifts

More articles

Cacaxtla and the mystery of its spectacular Maya murals

The Cacaxtla-Xochitécatl archaeological site is one of the most interesting and unique in all of Mexico. Aside from its massive structures and breathtakingly beautiful vistas, this ancient city in Central Mexico boasts a rather out-of-place feature — Maya murals. 

Mexico skeptical over new travel restrictions

Restricting travel or closing borders is of little use in response to the emergence of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, said Mexico's...

CFE to invest billions to improve Yucatán’s energy infrastructure

Large CFE facility on Mérida’s Periferico. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht The CFE announced that it will...

What to find in a Yucatecan Christmas market

Located right in front of the high school Centro Universitario Montejo, the market hosts slow-food vendors on the weekends and maintains its crafts and decor market all throughout the week.

Feminists unveil a monument to protest violence against women

Feminist protestors unveiled a monument in Mérida’s Remate at the foot of the Paseo de Montejo to protest ongoing violence against women. 

Mérida to hold a week-long tango festival, starting tonight

Mérida's international tango festival is set to return for a full calendar week starting Nov. 25.

Adventurous pup illegally climbs Yucatán’s most famous landmark at Chichén Itzá

Once again, a clandestine visitor has broken the rules at Chichén Itzá by climbing Kukulcán’s famed pyramid. 

Mérida’s railway museum goes full steam ahead

One of the most under-visited attractions in Mérida is the Museo de Ferrocarriles de Yucatán, Yucatán’s Railway Museum.

Feel brave enough to eat an eyeball taco? Mérida’s taco festival has you covered

Taco connoisseurs are prepreparing to host Mérida's Festival del Taco next weekend. 

A giant hammock has suddenly appeared in the Centro, but why?

The sudden appearance of a giant hammock in downtown Mérida is drawing eyes.