September 20, 2013 San Diego, CA. In an effort to respond to the needs of the over 35,000 damaged or destroyed homes and as many as 40,000 displaced flood victims of the recent flooding in the Mexican tourist resort of Acapulco, Guerrero, the International Community Foundation (ICF) has initiated a campaign to raise funds that will provide direct aid through the Foundation’s International Disaster Relief Fund.
In Acapulco, three days of torrential rain have not only claimed at least 80 lives, but have left local residents facing looters and crocodile-infested floodwaters. Mexican officials fear that a massive landslide in the mountains north of the resort town could drive the number of confirmed dead even higher. An estimated 40,000 to 60,000 tourists were left stranded amid floodwaters after these relentless storms pounded Mexico last weekend.
All donations made to the International Disaster Relief Fund will go to benefit the Mexican Red Cross to provide emergency relief to flood and landslide victims in affected communities.
According to Richard Kiy, President & CEO of the International Community Foundation, “while the immediate priority for disaster relief workers will be saving lives, the recovery effort will be just as critical. Some of Acapulco's communities that were hardest hit were the most economically under-served.” As Kiy noted, “among the biggest risks, emerging risks will be water-borne disease and the risk of landslides as many of Acapulco's poor live in irregular, squatter communities along the city's hillsides.”