Mexico rescinds Harvey aid offer after suffering two natural disasters

Casey Dawson
September 13, 2017

"Judging by the closure of most of the shelters located in the Houston area and from communication with Texas officials, it seems that, fortunately, the current need for aid has declined considerable", the statement from the Mexican government said.

Mexico has withdrawn its offer of aid to USA victims of Hurricane Harvey after a 8.1 magnitude quake hit the southern states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, killing 96 people.

Videgaray had originally called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on August 27 to detail aid Mexico was sending to the U.S.in Harvey's catastrophic aftermath, Mexico's Foreign Ministry had said.

According to the CNBC, at least 96 people are dead and 2.5 million more are in need of aid following an 8.2 magnitude quake that rocked the nation's southern region on Thursday.

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

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

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Oaxaca Gov. Alejandro Murat said in a statement that the death toll in his state rose to 76, and officials have reported that four people died in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.

But the US President never formally accepted the offer and continued to attack the country on Twitter, calling the country "one of the highest crime nations in the world".

Mexicans are also frustrated that Trump has not expressed concern about the Mexican natural disaster on Twitter or in a White House release.

After the recent quake that affected the country as well as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katia, Mexico has made a decision to put aid efforts in its own victims, pulling help from Texas. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did have a phone call with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray.

"He emphasized ... that the USA government stands ready to assist our neighbors in Mexico during this hard time", a State Department spokesperson told The Los Angeles Times.

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