EXCLUSIVE: Eugenio Derbez and the producers of the Apple TV+ series Acapulco are sending messages of support and a donation for humanitarian assistance to the titular Mexican city that was recently devasted by Hurricane Otis.
“Acapulco is a very special place to me,” said series star and executive producer Eugenio Derbez in an exclusive statement to Deadline. “Growing up I spent every summer there. Its energy, vitality and exuberance made a lifelong impression on me and was an inspiration for our show. My heart is breaking at what the hurricane has done to my beloved community, but I stand united with its people and know that its spirit will never be broken,” he added.
Hurricane Otis made landfall on the coastal city in the state of Guerrero as a massive Category 5 on October 25, becoming the strongest hurricane to hit Mexico’s Pacific Coast area. According to multiple reports, the death toll stands at least 45 people with another 47 still unaccounted for. The area has been additionally devastated by a major loss of communication, nearly 300k homes that were damaged. and destroyed as well as hospitals and hotels.
“Our Acapulco family is heartbroken by the tragic loss of life and devastation caused by Hurricane Otis,” said the show’s producers in a joint statement. “On behalf of the cast, crew, executive producers and the entire Acapulco team, our thoughts and prayers go out to the brave people of Acapulco. We know that the same indomitable spirit, energy and resilience that our show celebrates will prevail as the city begins to rebuild. We are making a donation to Direct Relief for humanitarian assistance and will continue to help in any way we can.”
Direct Relief is working on the ground to support the efforts financially and medically by deploying medical doctors to the area, among other ways both pre and post Otis.
Evelyn Salgado Pineda, Governor of the State of Guerrero, is using X (formerly known as Twitter) to share updates on relief and recovery efforts in Acapulco. Earlier today, she revealed that 75 percent of electricity had been restored and work continues to keep the number growing. The government of the state is actively providing food and nourishment for locals and clean water. Salgado Pineda also shared her appreciation for everyone who has donated following the tragedy.