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After deadly natural disaster, Mexico says it can't help Texas recovery

13 September 2017

Mexico will no longer send the emergency aid offered to Texas after Hurricane Harvey, to focus on those affected by a deadly quake and Hurricane Katia that struck the eastern state of Veracruz last week, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Mexican seismological authorities measured the quake at 8.2, making it a magnitude greater than the 8.1 quake that killed 10,000 people in Mexico City in 1985. And Hurricane Katia made landfall Friday north of Tecolutla on Mexico's Gulf Coast.

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On Sept. 6, Mexico received word that the USA had accepted its offer, but would only need "logistical support" from the country, as the need in Texas had "declined considerably", according to the statement from Mexico.

As you know, an natural disaster of magnitude 8.1 score off the southern coast of Mexico occurred on Thursday, September 7, late in the evening.

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Murat said 1 million people in Oaxaca needed food, water, electricity and help rebuilding damaged homes, while in neighboring Chiapas state, which was closest to the epicenter of the tremor, 1.5 million people were affected, according to officials. "Mexico will be aware of the development of this phenomenon in the following days, and hopes that soon the state of Florida as well as the state of Texas and the state of Louisiana will recover from the damages caused by the hurricanes that have impacted them", the statement said. 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". With the country of Mexico now dealing with its own natural disasters, their government has rescinded offers to help in Texas.

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 USA government stands ready to assist our neighbors in Mexico during this hard time".

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After deadly natural disaster, Mexico says it can't help Texas recovery