Ariadna Montiel, secretary of BENEFITSIt is clear that when asked why the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was in none of the areas affected by Hurricane Otis in Guerreroit, it should be considered that there are thousands of officers in the government representing him in the streets of Acapulco y Coyuca in Benitez emergency care.
In an interview with Joaquín López-Dóriga on Radio Formula, Montiel Reyes details all the support provided to victims as a result of the emergency Otis on Guerrero, which made landfall on October 25 as storm Category 5.
If you ask why the president is not in the streets (in Acapulco and Coyuca de Benítez), we represent the president. “I think the people of Acapulco knew we were knocking on their door,” he said.
The owner of the Welfare Secretariat He said that the day after the typhoon made landfall, he went to live with hundreds of federal officials in Guerrero, where he lived in a camp set up in the area of Chilpancing, where they spent the holidays at the end of the year.
“Since the day after the typhoon, he has lived in Acapulco. The president talked to me around 9:00 in the evening that day; there was nothing, and he ordered me to immediately go to the Welfare Secretariat team to prepare the brigades. Since that day we were in Acapulco, not only me but other officers, dedicated to work,” he explained.
“The work group was composed of more than 4 thousand national servants at the height of the emergency. We spent Christmas and New Year there; I was with them, and we worked there. We had a camp set up in a sports car that was loaned to us by the governor. At the CREA sports center (in Chilpancingo), we live in tents there. We have portable showers, and we go every night,” he highlighted.
“We made supplies for the brigade, zero supplies for the victims. We almost made a monument to tuna; we ate tuna for many days,” he added.
On October 25, Otis broke the intensity record for a hurricane in Mexico by growing from a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane in less than 12 hours before making landfall. in Guerrero, where it left more than 50 dead and 250,000 houses destroyed, according to the government of Mexico.
Support provided by Otis in Guerrero
The head of welfare reported that so far 265,056 supports have been given for cleaning and 313,753 for the reconstruction of houses or areas, which represents a 97.4 percent increase corresponding to the first exhibition received by families who were affected by Hurricane Otis in Acapulco and Coyuca de Benítez, Guerrero.
Regarding the second exhibition of support for reconstruction, he reported that 312,787 were given, that is, 97.1 percent.
A total of 29 welfare modules remain to provide services to the population, and delayed payments will be allocated to the modules of the Acapulco Convention Center and the municipal market of Coyuca de Benítez.
He explained that they are conducting a review of the progress of housing reconstruction.
Secretary Ariadna Montiel made it clear that they will not leave Guerrero until they can take care of all those affected by Hurricane Otis.
“I have to deal with about 15 similar situations like this, not as big as Otis, where people need to be dealt with,” he argued.
We will continue there; we will not leave Acapulco. It is an effort of the government and society,” he said.