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Mexico food, equipment relief to arrive in US today

Mexico City, Mexico — Texas can expect aid relief from Mexico as early as today as the country sends a caravan of food, water and equipment.

A caravan of 25 trailers filled with coffee, rice, beans, water and chocolate is expected to cross the border into Texas today. Mexican government officials say they also intend to ship 300 beds, water treatment equipment, mobile kitchens, generators and satellite equipment as well as personnel to help neighbors to the north.

Carlos Manuel Sada, Mexico’s undersecretary for North American relations, said that the US government has accepted its offer to help with hurricane relief efforts, noting the first “package” will cross land at Nuevo Laredo into Texas as early as today.

Manuel Sada said, “Yesterday morning we gave the green light to start concentrating the goods that will be sent to the United States.” Mexican doctors, paramedics and rescue teams will also be part of the caravan to help Texas and possibly Louisiana storm victims.

“We are very pleased to be able to support our brothers in need on the other side of the border,” he said adding, “If it were the other way around, I think they would help us, too.”

Mexican government officials announced the aid offer last Sunday in a statement responding to President Trump’s tweets bashing Mexico and insisting on a wall.

Last week, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson thanked Mexico’s foreign minister for the aid offer, but did not immediately accept the help. The US government has not made an official announcement to accept Mexico’s relief efforts, although Texas Governor Greg Abott has publicly said he welcomes the help.

This is not the first time Mexico has sent storm relief aid to the United States. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Mexico sent an army convoy to the US to help its victims. Mexico is sending relief to the US while facing its own devastation after Tropical Storm Lidia destroyed much of the Baja California Sur region only last week.

President Enrique Pena Nieto announced the storm dumped three times the amount of rain the southern part of Baja California typically gets in a year, adding that approximately 1,000 people remain displaced after loosing their homes. He also noted that the US has not offered any assistance to victims of Lidia.