Enel Green Power is actively participating in aid for our colleagues and the Mexican population affected by the violent earthquakes that took place in September. Here are all the actions in progress.
Two earthquakes hit Mexico in the month of September. The first, on 7 September, had a big impact on the south of the country, especially the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. The second, on 19 September, violently struck the capital. The magnitude-7.1 earthquake has already claimed more than 320 lives, more than half of those in Mexico City.
The machine of solidarity immediately sprung into motion, including the Enel Green Power team involved from the start in various activities to help colleagues and the communities of Oaxaca, where three of the Group’s plants are located, and in Mexico City.
The first earthquake caused the most serious damage in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco and in Oaxaca, where our wind farms Sureste I (102 MW), Zopiloapan (70 MW) and Stipa Nayaá (74 MW) are located. Despite the violent quake, no critical issues occurred. The situation in surrounding towns is different, where many buildings were destroyed and thousands of people cannot go back to their damaged homes. This is the case for four of our colleagues, two of which have already been offered temporary housing. In the second earthquake, 13 other colleagues were involved in Mexico City, but two of them are still searching for temporary accommodation.
"These have been sad days for Mexico, but we’ve also seen moments of hope”, said Paolo Romanacci, Country Manager for Enel Green Power in Mexico and Central America. “Millions of Mexicans came out to help those most in need. The Enel Green Power team has been involved from the start and continues to work with the communities. I was proud to see everyone acting with such passion ".
Following our first immediate intervention, our commitment will continue in the upcoming weeks through initiatives aimed at responding to all the needs of our colleagues and their families. Since the day of the earthquake.
Our aid to local populations
Food, medicine and basic needs. In just a few days, in the state of Oaxaca we sent more than 4 tonnes of rescue supplies to the populations that live in the areas around our plants. In Mexico City, too, our team is at work to restore the electrical lines damaged by the earthquake, and we are also helping local authorities by providing any necessary machinery and with the removal of debris material from the quake, with our colleagues working as volunteers.
"In addition to the immediate action, we are developing further plans for the recovery of affected areas. Our commitment to Mexico is long term. This is the mentality that will allow us to further help the country and its communities", added Romanacci.
The emergency is slowing subsiding, but many resources are still needed to revive the country’s most affected areas. In Mexico, we’ve started a fundraiser for the local populations through the Red Cross and the non-profit Brigada Internacional de Rescate Tlatelolco A.C, better known as Topos de Tlatelolco, specialised in the recovery of earthquake victims, and the campaign will continue in upcoming months. Our efforts will last as long as necessary: once we’ve overcome the immediate emergency, we will work on more structured support projects for Oaxaca and Mexico City.