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    Posted September 26, 2013 by
    Acapulco, Mexico
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    Communities still buried by mud in Acapulco

    World Vision emergency communicator Victor Martinez snapped these photos as he walked through the La Ceiba community in Acapulco, an area known for both grand resorts and desperate slums. The community was one of the many areas flooded by two storms that hit Mexico simultaneously.

    "It is definitely an extraordinary situation. The most affected people in Acapulco lived in very vulnerable areas and slums. People struggle with poverty even though they are so close to luxury resorts and hotels. The storm Manuel took away everything people had; children lost clothes, schools supplies and toys. It is going to be hard for them to restart normal life activities," he said.

    "But not only Acapulco has been affected, there are many indigenous, rural communities in Guerrero where people are suffering. World Vision is now evaluating damages in Ometepec and Xochistlahuaca, unfortunately, media attention is focused on Acapulco, so poor and isolated communities are forgotten."

    World Vision is helping in the rural areas of Ometepec and Xochistlahuaca with tents, food and mosquito nets. Emergency teams are assessing the situation to see where else help is needed. They plan to set up Child Friendly Spaces in the rural communities.

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