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DUSP provides targeted aid for Mexican earthquake victims

On Sept. 19, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City and the surrounding region, demolishing buildings, killing hundreds, and trapping and injuring many more. The disaster galvanized Mexican students in the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) to construct a crowdsourcing platform designed to link those in need of help with volunteers best positioned to assist with specific needs.

The group behind the platform includes graduate students Daniel Heriberto Palencia, Akemi Sato, Ricardo Alvarez, and Carlos Sainz Caccia from DUSP and the MIT Senseable City Lab. The team is now concentrating their efforts on linking the site’s information with volunteers, aid distribution centers, and logistic partners on the ground to deploy aid more quickly.

To learn more about the platform read the full MIT News Story and please visit and share Manos a la Obra.