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People help cross a road blocked by a landslide caused by Hurricane Otis near Acapulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023. Marco Ugarte/AP

Otis made landfall in the Mexican Pacific this Wednesday as a Category 5 hurricane, the maximum on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Although only the remnants of Otis remained, heavy rains swept through it and damaged roads, streets, houses, buildings and electrical and telecommunication infrastructure, leaving at least 27 dead and four missing, according to the federal government. .

Meanwhile, authorities, NGOs and educational institutions have announced the opening of collection centers to help the affected people. Here we present the key points.

Naval and Tourism Secretaries

The Government of Mexico said in a statement this Wednesday night that the Secretariats of the Navy (SEMAR) and Tourism (Sector) opened collection centers at their facilities in Mexico City.

The Semar center will be at the 4th door of the unit located at Avenida Escuela Naval Militar 861. It operates from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (local time) and receives such non-perishable items. Tuna in water, vegetable salad, packaged dried fruit, cans or packages of precooked beans, whole grain crackers, amaranth and bottled water.

The Sectur Center will be on the ground floor of its headquarters building, located at Avenida Presidente Masaryk 172. It will operate from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm (local time) and will receive products like Semar. Candles, matches, lighters, flavored liquid serum and milk in Tetra Pak containers.

Mexican Red Cross

The non-governmental organization announced this Wednesday that its collection center will be at its national headquarters, Juan Luis Vives 200. The place is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm (local time).

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José Antonio Monroi Germaino, director general of the Mexican Red Cross, told CNN this Wednesday that people are asked not to bring water or clothes, and that people can donate money to pay for the transportation of everything. Collected.

National University

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the country’s main public university, has announced that starting this Thursday, it will open a collection center at the flagpoles of the university’s Olympic Stadium, located on Avenida Sur insurgents in Mexico City.

There they will be provided with canned food, first aid supplies, personal hygiene items, blankets, clean clothes, sanitary napkins, diapers and garbage disposal equipment such as wheelbarrows, shovels and pickaxes, the agency said in a statement.

Polytechnic Institute

The National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), one of the public higher education institutions with the highest enrollment in Mexico, has announced that it will have two collection centers. One will be at its Innovation and Social Integration Secretariat (Juan de Dios Batis Avenue, no number) and the other at its Technical Business Insurance Directorate (Manuel Carpio Street, no number).

Both locations are open Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 8:00pm (local time).

Like the Red Cross, the IPN divided requested items into three categories: food, personal hygiene items, and household hygiene items.

The list of collection centers is likely to grow in the coming days as government and non-government organizations usually open these locations to support victims in the capital or other states in situations of natural calamities.

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With information from Natalia Kano.

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