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U.S. sends help, China expresses condolences for earthquake victims

Mexico City, Mexico — A rescue team from the United States has landed in Mexico City to help with rescue efforts.

The team of men and their dogs arrived in Mexico Thursday from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The specialty search and rescue team also arrived with equipment, says the Mexico-based US ambassador, Roberta Jacobson.

“Solidarity with Mexico. Rescuers and canines from the Los Angeles County Fire Department ready to support the people and government of Mexico #FuerzaMéxico,” she wrote on social media.

According to the ambassador, the rescue experts arrived in Mexico on US Air Force 6156 aircraft in which they also transported “tons of equipment”.

She said she has been moved by the expressions of real and tangible solidarity of so many citizens, in the face of the destruction left by the magnitude 7.1 earthquake.

“Like all residents of Mexico City, Puebla and Morelos, I lived the moments of anguish caused by the quake. As President Trump maintained, we will support our Mexican brothers and sisters in the crucial rescue effort,” she said in a statement.

Chinese President Xi Jinping also expressed to Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, his country’s desire to help rescue and rebuild after the earthquake that, so far, has killed more than 200 people and injured nearly 2,000.

In a letter of condolence, Xi expressed his confidence that “under the leadership of Peña Nieto, the Mexican people will overcome the disaster and can rebuild their homes.”

In a news conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, “We cry for the victims and we send our condolences to the families affected, as well as the Mexican government and the people of the affected areas.”

The death toll from the 7.1-magnitude September 19 earthquake has risen to 286.