UPDATE: Jan. 13, 2011 - Three children registered at Compassion-assisted center ME-785 and their families lost their homes due to the pipeline explosion.
The government and the state-owned oil company have begun the process of rebuilding the area.
Remaining houses in the affected area are being torn down, and families have been offered the resources to rebuild their homes.
All other Compassion-assisted children that attend the additional two centers reported on below are safe and without any harm to their families, homes or belongings.
They are back to their homes and back to their regular activities. Children are receiving trauma support in their regular school activities.
In the Compassion-assisted programs, children will also receive counseling and any other additional support that will be needed according to their individual recovery process.
Please pray for this community as they try to recover from this horrific incident. Pray for healing and restoration and God's peace to reign over them.
Compassion Mexico will keep us updated as more information is available.
Compassion International will contact you if your sponsored child has been affected.
UPDATE: Jan. 4, 2011 - Information has been received by directors of the three Compassion-assisted centers that were in the area of the explosion.
Their reports state that all the affected Compassion-assisted children and their families are safe, but unable to go back to their homes.
All the children affected are receiving proper clothes for the winter, meals and counseling from the local government.
The local government officials are now preparing funds to rebuild their homes. Compassion will follow up on additional needs.
In the near future, Compassion plans to support them with beds and mattresses, some furniture, school uniforms and supplies.
Dec. 22, 2010- Recently, an explosion caused by a ruptured oil pipeline awoke the community of San Martí® Texmelucan Puebla.
Oil flowed down a road and into a nearby river, and flames reached several homes on the shores of the river and on nearby streets. The latest reports confirm:
- at least 28 deaths
- more than 50 people injured
- more than 30 homes destroyed
- more than 80 homes damaged
The military is guarding the area and families have been taken to temporary shelters. They are not allowed to go back to their homes until a formal review announces the area and their homes are safe.
There are three Compassion-assisted child development centers in the area of San Martin:
Communication services have been affected, which will delay the flow of information from the affected area.
At this point, information regarding center ME-785 has been received. Only a few Compassion-assisted children and their families from this center had to be moved to shelters; all have been found and are safe. Most of the remaining families were found unaffected.