Patchy provision of aid and perceived lack of engagement by senior politicians have seen elected officials booed or even chased out of stricken neighborhoods

Two days after Rosario Islas’s cinderblock shack collapsed in Mexico’s massive earthquake last week, a group of political operatives turned up at her ruined home, in the borough of Xochimilco in the south of the capital.

They had food, water, and building materials – but before they would hand anything over, they demanded Islas show her government-issued voter ID.

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