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A donation center at Mérida’s Municipal Palace is accepting diapers, bottled water and other goods to help earthquake victims. Photo: Ayuntamiento

Mérida, Yucatán — Bottled water, non-perishable foods, disposable diapers, basic medical supplies, clothing and blankets will be collected at donation centers and sent to the victims of Tuesday’s earthquake.

Hennessy’s Irish Pub and the Robert Abuda Salon, both on the Paseo de Montejo, will be also be a collection center for helping the earthquake victims in Mexico. Erich Briehl and Robert Abuda, both expats from Canada, will set up a table during Sunday’s Biciruta from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Abuda is making it easy to help:

We can also purchase items for you on Monday if you need. Items can also be dropped off today and tomorrow. Call us at 926-3015 if you are unable to park (Paseo Montejo x39 y37) and we will run out to collect your items. Gracias!

And Yucatán Giving Outreach A.C., which has already been leading a volunteer drive to make hygiene, medical and baby bags for Chiapas, is now making contact with several organizations to see where they can also effectively assist the Distrito Federal.

More than 200 people have died in Mexico City, Morelos and Puebla after a strong earthquake collapsed buildings and ripped apart roads. As of today, rescue workers are searching through rubble for survivors.

The city has established places to drop off donations from the public. They will be open through Sunday.

Dropoff centers are open through Sunday.

The Municipal Palace facing the Plaza Grande, Parque Kalia in Fracc. Monterreal and Centro de Adulto Mayor Renacer in Fracc. Juan Pablo II will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The city previously organized a similar operation for the people of Oaxaca and Chiapas, when an even stronger earthquake ripped those communities on Sept. 7, sending shockwaves as far as Yucatán.

Mayor Mauricio Vila Dosal expressed his solidarity and support with the earthquake victims.

Los Topos is accepting monetary relief for the earthquake victims. Photo: Los Topos

After the earlier earthquake on Sept. 7, Starbucks established drop-off centers at its cafés across Mexico.

Los Topos, or The Moles, a nonprofit rescue team that formed after the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, accepts cash donations. Read more about them on their Twitter feed.

UNICEF Mexico and smaller nonprofits like Project Paz are also accepting monetary donations.

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