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Convoy Responds to Massive Category 5 Hurricane Otis

Mexico Reported by Convoy of Hope

December 5, 2023 | 1:29 p.m.

Convoy of Hope continues to provide resources in Acapulco, Mexico, in the aftermath of Hurricane Otis. Food kits are being distributed to families in need as they journey through the recovery process. More than 95% of businesses in Acapulco were damaged by the devastating Category 5 storm. Hundreds of thousands of residents are slowly rebuilding their lives. 

Though recovery is long, Convoy is there to provide help and hope along the way. The assurance that your family is healthy and fed can make the biggest difference during the challenges following a disaster of this scale.

October 30, 2023 | 3:28 p.m.

Convoy of Hope is working with local partners in Mexico to provide food, hygiene supplies, and other essentials to survivors of Hurricane Otis. Families are receiving local food staples, such as rice, beans, lentils, tuna, and more. Hygiene items are a huge help to those whose homes were damaged or completely destroyed. 

As the hurricane slammed into Mexico Wednesday, it left behind a trail of destruction. Winds of at least 165 mph ripped through Acapulco, tearing large trees up from the roots, scattering debris, and flooding hospitals. Mexican authorities report that at least 48 people died, with 36 people still missing. 

Infrastructure damage has made access and communication difficult in the affected area. The storm strengthened so rapidly that the region had little time to prepare, leaving hundreds of thousands of people in need. Convoy of Hope will continue to provide relief for those devastated by the powerful storm.

October 26, 2023 | 11 a.m.

Convoy of Hope is responding to Hurricane Otis by providing food, water, and relief supplies to the survivors of the deadly Category 5 storm. Otis is the most powerful hurricane to ever hit Mexico’s western coast.

At least 27 are dead and several others missing after the storm system intensified quickly and came ashore as a Category 5 hurricane. The area around Acapulco was hit hardest: 165 mph winds crashed into the popular location, ripping roofs off houses and hotels. Streets flooded, and damage to the city’s infrastructure severed communications, according to Reuters. CNN reports that the intense winds uprooted trees and blew out windows in high-rise buildings. 

Prior to Otis, the strongest hurricane to hit Mexico’s Pacific Coast was Hurricane Patricia (Category 4) in 2015.

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