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Mexico takes stock of the millions needed to rebuild after quake

Local residents search for belongings amid the ruins of their home knocked down by the 8.2 magnitude quake in southern Mexico - AFP

Local residents search for belongings amid the ruins of their home knocked down by the 8.2 magnitude quake in southern Mexico - AFP

17/09/2017 18:48

(Vatican Radio) Mexico's Government will spend many millions in repairing and rebuilding the massive structural damage that the September 7th earthquake caused.

The 8.1 magnitude quake, with an epicenter in the south of the country, killed 96 people. 

Listen to the report by James Blears:

The repair and rebuild costs are estimated at 16 billion pesos, which is the equivalent of almost 906 million dollars. So the nine billion pesos available in the National Disaster Fund must be appreciably topped up.  

However,  Federal infrastructure including highways, hospitals, schools and government offices are covered by special disaster insurance.  

This doesn`t include thousands of homes which have cracked or crumbled leaving people destitute.  

Federal Government is promising to help struggling State and Municipal Governments to tackle a gigantic task.  

The  Southern States of Oaxaca and Chiapas took the brunt of the 8.2 earthquake.  

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto visited Chiapas on Saturday, where more than quarter of a million people are affected.  eighty two of its Municipalities have been severely damaged.  

With all the money in the World, and Mexico certainly isn`t that rich, it`s still going to take years to try to rectify the destruction which took just over one ghastly minute. 

17/09/2017 18:48