While Hurricane Patricia may not have packed as big a punch as some suspected in the resorts along the Mexican coast, it still left significant damage in some of the poorest and hardest to reach communities, which often get forgotten.

Roofs were ripped off of many houses, and with the rains continuing, the need for shelter is great. More concerning is the long term impact to livelihoods as coconut, papaya and banana plants and trees were wiped out, destroying the sole income of entire families and communities.

Before the storm hit, PCI was carefully monitoring the situation and securing distribution networks for rapid response and recovery, and our Mexico Country Director and team were on the ground within 36 hours heading to the affected areas in Jalisco State with partners and the Mexican Ministry of Health.

Right now we are working in three communities where about 400 houses were damaged to provide tarps for temporary shelter. We are planning what PCI will do to support the reconstruction of stronger, more disaster resistant housing, and how we can help families to restore their livelihoods.

If you would like to help PCI respond to this disaster, please donate now.