Mexico City, Mexico — Amidst its own natural disasters that have killed hundreds, Mexico sent relief aid to those in need in Puerto Rico.
Wednesday, Mexico sent humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria, a disaster that US President Donald Trump has been accused of minimizing.
The Mexican foreign ministry said the country has sent approximately 30 tonnes of bottled water and other supplies, including insect repellent to help the US territory where thousands remain homeless due to recent hurricanes.
Mexico said they are also sending a team of specialists to the area to help restore electricity, noting that 93 percent of the island is still without power. Personnel from Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) will head to Puerto Rico to help repair the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity.
Mexico’s aid shipment comes as the country recovers from its own disasters including earthquakes on September 7 and 19 that caused an estimated $2 billion in damages.
Mexico also provided aid to the United States after Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas last month. However, US authorities were slow to accept and after the September 7 earthquake, Mexico revoked the offer, saying it had to concentrate on its own relief efforts.
The United States sent rescue brigades to Mexico after the country’s second earthquake hit in September, announcing they will donate $100,000 in aid.
Since the hurricane’s arrival, the Mexican Consulate in San Juan has kept the Mexican community in Puerto Rico informed of updates and has offered them diplomatic assistance.
Mexico’s Foreign Ministry stated that it will continue to send basic supplies to the staff of the Mexican consulate, which will allow them to continue their work of protection and support to nationals.
The Mexican government reiterated its condolences to families who suffered human and material losses as a result of the hurricanes and expressed their solidarity with the people of Puerto Rico.