Mexico’s bishops pledged to help the people affected by an earthquake in southern Oaxaca state that left at least five dead.
“We put ourselves under the protective mantle of our mother, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and at the service of those possibly affected by the earthquake,” the Mexican bishops’ conference said in a tweet shortly after the 23rd June tremor.
“God will continue to care for us and protect us,” said Archbishop Pedro Vazquez Villalobos of Antequera Oaxaca. “But here we have to learn many things, too. Let’s take care of our spaces, our buildings, our homes. It’s important that we maintain them so they resist these temblors.”
At the Vatican the following day, Pope Francis prayed for quake victims. “May the help of God and their brothers give them strength and support. Brothers and sisters, I am very close to you,” he said.
The magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck just before 10.30am with an epicentre near the resort city of Huatulco on the Pacific coast of southern Oaxaca state.
Two people died in collapsed buildings, while another had a wall fall on him, said Gov. Alejandro Murat. An employee also died at a Pemex refinery in Salina Cruz, according to the company.
Picture: A worker clears debris from a building in Oaxaca, Mexico, on 23rd June 2020, following an earthquake. The quake struck as Covid-19 cases are increasing and people are wary of going to the hospital. (CNS photo/Jorge Luis Plata, Reuters).