Monday, January 31, 2011

In Mexico recorded 22 deaths from cold

This article was just reported in the El Diario newspaper on January 30, 2011.  This is the translated version.  Here is the link to the original
Low temperatures have been recorded in Mexico from October 21 until last Wednesday have left a toll of 22 dead, reported Sunday the Ministry of Health.
The unit asked the public to take extra precautions to prevent the spread of respiratory and other problems caused by hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning and burns, the latter two related to the rudimentary heating systems used in marginal areas.
According to Telesur, the Health Ministry said that 18 of those deaths were reported in the state of Chihuahua and two in Coahuila, both in the north, while the other two deaths were recorded in the central state of Puebla.
This week, the minimum temperatures occurred in the town of Temochi, in Chihuahua, with 10 degrees Celsius below zero.

This breaks our hearts and is the reason that we are building homes and raising funds to provide electric blankets for families in Mexico. We are encouraged however, that over 4,000 families have received Casas por Cristo homes and will have adequate shelter when the freezing temperatures hit.  Providing electric blankets is an extension of our home building yet is done solely through donations.  We would like to provide each family that receives a home with this gift that may be potentially life saving.  With a cold front expected to hit us on the border tonight, temperatures are estimated to be in the teens this week and possibly snow Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Please keep these families that will have to fight the cold in your prayers and consider helping tangibly by coming to build a home or donating to help provide more electric blankets to more families. Here you can find more information on how to come on a Team Casas build or give to the Heat Fund.

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