Chiapas Earthquake, Mexico 2017

Australian Disaster Aid Response Team members Helene Bo Morse, Peter Newton, and Di Holland  responded to the Earthquake in 2017.


Two months after the earthquake many homes still looked like this photograph.

Disaster Aid have been  helping local people build back better by providing materials including steel reinforcing to make new houses much more resistant to earthquakes.

36 housholds were identified in Nuevo Palestina, Jiquipilas and Rizo De Oro, Cintalada for repair.

A typical material list per household was:

  • Chain reinforcing steel to link the footings to the wall
  • Steel vertical pillars for The four corners and door frame
  • 55 bags.of cement for block making & footings
  • 12 sheetsof corrugated roofing iron
  • 4 steel rafters
  • 100 roofing screws

At just over $1,000 per household.

Chiapas Hospital

A triple SkyHydrant unit at the Chiapas Hospital has been installed

After testing by Mexican Authorities the water has been approved as suitable for consumption.

This will result in considerable savings to the local hospital which has previously had to rely on daily purchases of bottled water.


The Ignacio Zaragoza Primary School has been re-opened following repairs to damaged classrooms.

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