Mexico to send 25 trailers of supplies to Hurricane Harvey Victims
Mexico has announced a plan to donate 25 trailers of goods to parts of Texas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey, according to the government.
Undersecretary for North-American Relations Carlos Manuel Sada told CNN that his country will deliver aid packages. Sada said the goods will arrive by Wednesday.
“We are very pleased to be able to support our brothers in need on the other side of the border,” Sada said.
Mexican paramedics, doctors and rescue teams will also be sent to multiple cities in Texas. The trailers will be packed with rice, beans, coffee, chocolate, water-treatment equipment, radio and satellite equipment.
The country has also pledged to deliver 300 beds, nine generators of electricity and mobile kitchens.
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said last week his country offered help and took the opportunity to “express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States as a result of the damages.”
He said they offered cooperation so the U.S. government can “deal with the impact of this natural disaster, as good neighbors should always do in trying times.”
Harvey initially made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday and then lingered off the coast of southeast Texas for five days as a tropical storm. Hundreds of thousands of houses and buildings have been badly damaged.
Trump has asked lawmakers for a US$7.9 billion down payment toward relief and recovery efforts — a request expected to be swiftly approved by Congress, which returns to work after its summer break.
Meanwhile, Mexico is dealing with Tropical Storm Lidia, which will hit the country killing at least four people. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mexico sent troops and food to several affected areas in New Orleans.