Mexico-Earthquake/Tourist Resort

People in Mexican tourist resort expect more relief

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San Marcos Island, Chiapas, Mexico - Recent
1. Beach
2. Various of scattered plates for tortoise protection
3. Various of destroyed houses
4. Cracked house
5. Residents in destroyed house
6. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Alejandro, local civil defense organization (no full name given, starting with shot 5):
"We used to receive 10,000 to 17,000 tourists a day during the Holy Week or December holidays."
7. Various of wire pole in seawater
8. Cracked house
9. Collapsed house
10. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Roberto, local fisherman (no full name given):
"My house had been damaged and I am afraid it would totally collapse due to aftershocks. So I have to sleep outside at night instead of in the room."
11. Various of collapsed restaurant with decoration for Independence Day of Mexico
12. SOUNDBITE (Spanish) Alejandro, local civil defense organization (no full name given, partially overlaid with shot 13):
"We, more than any time, need aid from the higher level governments. We hope they will come here to see for themselves the aftermath of the quake, see our destroyed houses. It is really beyond our capacity for reconstruction."
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13. Cracked house
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14. Collapsed building

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People in Mexico's earthquake-ravaged tourism town are expecting more relief from the government.

The sparsely-populated and much sought-after tourism resort of San Marcos Island, in the Chiapas State, sustained serious damage from the earthquake on Sept. 7, with residential houses tumbling down and hotels and restaurants stopping operating.

The China Central Television (CCTV) crew visited the island after the quake. They saw wooden plates scattered all over the beach.

Alejandro, an official from the local civil defense organization, told CCTV that the plates were signs for protecting tortoises and their eggs and they were swept scattered even away from the beach due to the high waves caused by the 8.2-magnitude earthquake.

On a fishing boat, the CCTV crew saw all the residential houses along the beach totally destroyed and the hotels and restaurants collapsed or seriously damaged, stymieing the local tourism business.

"We used to receive 10,000-17,000 tourists a day during the Holy Week or December holidays," says Alejandro.

As the quake knocked out power supply, people on the island have to seek refuge in the homes of their relatives in other cities.

"My house had been damaged and I am afraid it would totally collapse due to aftershocks. So I have to sleep outside at night instead of in the room," said Roberto, a local fisherman.

As the Sept.16 Independence Day was approaching, some big restaurants along the river, which used to be beautifully decorated with banners and flags, had become a desolated place, with dining tables pressed under the collapsed roofs, all in water.

Alejandro said the island is in urgent need of more relief than anywhere else.

"We, more than any time, need aid from the higher level governments. We hope they will come here to see for themselves the aftermath of the quake, see our destroyed houses. It is really beyond our capacity for reconstruction," said Alejandro.

The massive earthquake shook the country at 23:49 on Sept. 7, affecting 12 states, with Oaxaca and Chiapas worst hit.

The quake death toll has climbed to 98, according to the Minister of Agriculture, Jose Calzada, on Tuesday.

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  • ID : 8060905
  • Published : 2017-09-13 11:50
  • Last Modified : 2017-09-13 16:20:03
  • Location : San Marcos Island,Chiapas,Mexico
  • Category : disaster and accident
  • Duration : 2'11
  • Audio Language : Spanish/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 3
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