Oaxaca: One year after the 7S earthquake “much remains to be done” regarding reconstruction, CODIGO-DH

September 20, 2018
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One year after the earthquake of September 7, 2017, which caused serious damage in the state of Oaxaca, mainly in the regions of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the Sierra Mixe, the civil association Committee for the Integral Defense of Human Rights Gobixha (CODIGO DH) published a report on the progress and pending
issues in the reconstruction and the situation of the victims in the same state.

The report highlights that “since the days after the earthquake, the state and federal governments were overwhelmed by the emergency situation (…) and although there were advances in the collection of information for the allocation of resources for reconstruction, the earthquake of 19 September, diverted their attention to the center of the country”. It highlights that “with the aftershocks of September 23 homes with serious damage in the Isthmus ended collapsing, homes that were not counted or had a minor damage when the census was made”.

According to CODIGO DH, the reconstruction was seriously delayed due to the “collapse of the educational, health, banking, commercial and municipal institutions.” It also deepened the inequalities between larger population centers and small communities.

Its follow-up document on “Monitoring the problems of reconstruction in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec”, annexed to the report, emphasizes the irregularities in the management of the funds as well as the lack of transparency in the allocation of resources and the delivery of supports to the victims by the government. He also criticized the census prepared by the Secretariat of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU).

The organization reported that “during this year, we allocated 110 days to various activities, during which we physically stayed in the towns of Juchitán, San Dionisio del Mar, Union Hidalgo, Ixtepec, Ixhuatán, Jalapa del Marqués on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and Yaveloxi in the Sierra Mixe; with the presence of 2-3 people every day”. The tasks developed were: Delivery of food; support for community kitchens; delivery of traditional tarpaulins and cots; medical care brigades; psychosocial brigades; delivery of supports for the reconstruction of houses; monitoring of school reconstruction; reactivation of the local economy.

CODIGO DH concluded that “in spite of all the activities undertaken there is still a lot to be done, especially in the reconstruction of housing, in access to educational services, health, repair of roads and drainages, work and recreation of the people who were affected during the 8.2 earthquake of September 7, 2017 and its subsequent aftershocks “.

For more information (in Spanish):

Fallas y retrasos en la reconstrucción a un año del sismo del 7 de septiembre en Oaxaca (CNN Español, 8 de septiembre de 2018)

A un año del terremoto, informe sobre avances y pendientes en la reconstrucción: CODIGO DH (CODIGO-DH, 7 de septiembre de 2018)

BREVE INFORME DE INTERVENCIÓN EN EL SISMO 8.2: Avances y pendientes. (CODIGO-DH, 6 de septiembre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas: Civil Observation Mission to the Coast one year after the earthquake of September 7, 2017 September 18, 2018

Oaxaca / National: 8th National Meeting of victims of the earthquakes of September 2017 in Juchitán September 16, 2018

Oaxaca: “Caravan of the Forgotten” to Mexico City Denounces Government Inaction for Earthquake Victims April 30, 2018

Oaxaca: September Earthquake Victims Block Highways on the Isthmus and Coast December 28, 2017

Oaxaca: NGOs denounce “inadequate and insufficient response from the three levels of government” to earthquake disaster September 21, 2017