Mexico Storm Victims Still Stunned by Loss

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Two weeks after massive storms brought devastation to large areas of southern Mexico, thousands of victims are still stunned by their loss.

Beyond the city of Acapulco with its luxurious hotels and beautiful beaches, lie many communities untouched by Acapulco's millions of tourist dollars.

These poverty-stricken areas were devastated last month when Mexico was punished by two powerful storms.

More than 100 died, thousands were wounded, and a million people were affected - many lost their homes and livelihoods.

But some are receiving welcome relief, thanks to Operation Blessing and CBN Mexico.

Residents urgently needed safe drinking water, so the team installed water purification plants, helping thousands to avoid sickness from contaminated water.

In other communities they set up portable kitchens, allowing flood victims to cook safely without having to cut trees for firewood.

"I don't have to look for wood," Rosa Maria Hernandez said. "I don't have to cut the trees - no pollution!"

Operation Blessing's Scott Hill traveled to many desperate communities.

"There was no water anywhere. They couldn't drink water, they couldn't use water to wash anything," Hill said. "Operation Blessing rehabilitated their well, put a water purification unit in. And, obviously, the families were just incredibly grateful."

Hill said one man, came from about 45 minutes away because his family didn't have clean drinking water.

Guillermo Ramirez, CBN Mexico's director, said his team also brings storm victims a message of hope.

"We arrived to the house of Aurelio.  He was an elderly man.  He lost everything he got and he was wondering how he was going to survive because he lost his small store," Ramirez shared.

Operation Blessing and CBN arrived and brought a mobile kitchen and Aurelio was able to not only eat every day, but also share his food with neighbors and family.

"He asked us at the end of the visit to pray for him and he was thankful to God because he provided for his meal and his survival," Ramirez said.

For disaster victims like these, simply knowing there are people willing to come and help makes a difference.

CBN and Operation Blessing will continue to help Mexico's storm victims during their long recovery.

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Gary Lane

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