MEXICO CITY, September 20, 2017 (Newswire.com) - Rescue efforts continue in a race against time to locate and rescue survivors of the Mexico City earthquake. More than 200 have died in the wake of the 7.1 magnitude temblor that struck at 1:15 p.m. local time 19 Sept. Los Topos, paramedics, and firefighters, supported by a team of Volunteer Ministers, worked through the night pulling people out of the rubble.
“We came to this building just 20 minutes after it fell, and we haven’t stopped, almost 24 hours later,” Los Topos member Alejandro Méndez told the Wall Street Journal.
As of early Wednesday, the group helped rescue at least 10 survivors including a little girl they pulled from a collapsed school. And they have also retrieved more than a dozen bodies.
When the earthquake struck, Los Topos designated the Church of Scientology Mexico as their headquarters and alerted members traveling to the city from across Mexico and Latin America to go to the Church, where they will be dispatched to different areas of the city in need of help.
In addition to logistical work and coordination, some 200 Scientology Volunteer Ministers are distributing food and water to first responders to help them keep going. They are also providing Scientology assists to rescue workers and anyone in need of help with stress and trauma.
Volunteer Ministers headquarters in Los Angeles has put out a call for hundreds of volunteers to support Los Topos and carry out other relief operations in Mexico City. Volunteers and those wishing to donate food, water, and emergency supplies should contact the Volunteer Ministers headquarters in Los Angeles at (800) HELP-4-YU or 1-(323) 960-1949, email email@example.com or contact the Volunteer Ministers Coordinator at the Church of Scientology Mexico at + 52 55 5211-4004.
The Church of Scientology's Volunteer Minister program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.
For more information, visit the Volunteer Ministers website.