Thousands Of Mexican Schools Still Not Repaired 2 Years After Earthquake

By Jorge Valencia
Published: Monday, September 23, 2019 - 10:18am

Earthquake damage in Tabasco, Mexico
Instituto de Protección Civil del Estado de Tabasco via Twitter
Earthquake damage in Tabasco, Mexico, on Sept. 8, 2017.

In Mexico, thousands of public schools have not yet been repaired after an earthquake shook the central part of the country in 2017, according to a survey from several nonprofit groups.

Officials in Mexico's federal immigration ministry don't know the exact number of schools that were damaged. That's the conclusion of a survey led by the think tank Mexican Institute for Competitiveness.

Pablo Clark, the lead researcher in the survey, said they looked at data from federal and local governments, plus from non-profits and found more than 19,000 schools had been damaged.

"There is no way to plan an efficient and transparent response to an emergency situation if you don't have an accurate and reliable diagnosis of the extent of the damages that occurred," Clark said.

Clark is calling on the Mexican government to streamline an efficient and reliable reporting system. According to the survey, schools serving more than 400,000 students have not received any kind of repair.

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