Mexico rushes aid to millions after a powerful quake

Mexico rushes aid to millions after a powerful quake

Sixteen people were reported killed in Chiapas state and four others in neighboring Tabasco from the quake.

That was the gist of a message that Mexico's foreign relations ministry sent on Monday in announcing that it had no choice but to withdraw the help it had offered to Texas to deal with the flooding left by Hurricane Harvey.

"Mexico informed the Texas and U.S. Governments that it will not be possible to provide the assistance originally offered to Texas in late August in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, given that the Mexican government will channel all available logistical support to the families and communities affected by the natural disaster of September 7 and the effects of hurricane Katia in Veracruz".

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Mexico had pledged to offer food, generators and medical aid to Texas "as good neighbours should always do in trying times". And Hurricane Katia made landfall Friday north of Tecolutla on Mexico's Gulf Coast. 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. 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. "Mexico will be alert to developments related to this hurricane in the coming days and hopes that Florida, Texas and Louisiana soon recover from the damage caused by the hurricanes that have struck them".

In other words, providing this kind of humanitarian aid to the United States isn't new for Mexico, despite the fact that the current American president regularly treats the country as a rhetorical and political punching bag. Mexico responded to those charges in the same statement it released offering Harvey help, saying that the country won't be paying for the border wall "under any circumstances".

Hours after rescinding the aid offer, Mexico's Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray reportedly received a phone call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. "He emphasized to Foreign Secretary Videgaray that the US government stands ready to assist our neighbors in Mexico during this hard time".