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Mexico pulls Texas aid following deadly quake

IANS  |  Mexico City 

Mexico will no longer send emergency aid offered to the hurricane Harvey-hit Texas, in order to focus on those affected by a deadly earthquake last week, the Foreign Ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said the decision was taken in light of the changed circumstances in both countries, reports CNN.

Mexico offered to deliver aid to Texas in August, after the state was struck by Harvey.

But Mexico is now grappling with the aftermath of two natural disasters.

An 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Mexico's southern coast on September 7. The earthquake struck the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Tabasco, and killed 95 people, according to the ministry.

It was the most powerful to hit the country in a century and was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City by an estimated 50 million people.

The following day, Hurricane Katia, a Category 1 storm, made landfall in Veracruz. Katia's remnants led to a mudslide that killed two people in Xalapa city.

"Given this situation, the Mexican government will channel all available logistical support to the families and communities that have been affected in Mexico and has informed the Texas and US governments that, unfortunately, on this occasion, it won't be possible to provide the assistance originally offered to Texas in late August in the wake of Hurricane Harvey," the ministry statement said.

Mexico had offered to send 25 trailers with supplies, as well as 300 beds, nine generators, water treatment equipment, three mobile kitchens, radio and satellite equipment and personnel to the US.

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First Published: Tue, September 12 2017. 16:30 IST
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