Mexico rushes aid to millions after a powerful natural disaster

13 September, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • View of damages caused by the 8.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Mexico's Pacific coast in Juchitan de Zaragoza state of Oaxaca

While it had to withdraw its promise to help the USA, the Mexican government expressed sympathy over the devastation in Florida after being struck by Hurricane Irma. The hurricane aid was offered "as good neighbors should always do in hard times".

While President Donald Trump never responded to the country's offer, Mexico's foreign secretary had been in communication with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott about the aid and sent a detailed note of its offer to the State Department on August 28. The ministry followed up the next day with a list of what it could offer, including food, soldiers, medicine and water.

The announcement by Mexico that it was withdrawing its offer to help Texas must have caught someone's attention in Washington.

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The Mexican government announced Monday it would rescind its offer to help Texas clean up after Hurricane Harvey due to an quake last week that rocked the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco and killed 95 people.

Mexico "will channel all available logistical support to serve the families and communities affected in the country", said the Presidency in a statement. A White House press aide said that President Donald Trump had talked to the leaders of Canada and Mexico after Harvey, but that they hadn't discussed specific opportunities for help.

"The Mexican government expresses its full solidarity with Florida given the severe damage done by Hurricane Irma", the statement said.

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A woman tries to clean up in the aftermath of Thursday's natural disaster in Juchitan Municipality, Oaxaca State, Mexico.

At around the same time, the country's eastern shore was hit by Katia, causing widespread damage to the state of Veracruz.

Though the United States and Mexico have historically been close allies, relations have been strained since Trump took office.

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Hours after rescinding the aid offer, Mexico's Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray reportedly received a phone call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Tillerson told Videgaray the USA stood ready to help Mexico.

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