Hurricane bears down on quake-rattled Mexico


After a devastating quake and getting slammed by Katia, the Mexican Foreign Ministry says that the country must help out its own victims, and pull out of Hurricane Harvey battered Texas.

In a statement Mexican officials say they must channel all available logistical support to the families and communities affected by last week's quake and a hurricane which hit a day later.

"Given this situation, the Mexican government will channel all available logistical support to the families and communities that have been affected in Mexico and has informed the Texas and USA governments that, unfortunately, on this occasion, it won't be possible to provide the assistance originally offered to Texas in late August in the wake of Hurricane Harvey", the foreign ministry said in a statement.

According to the latest death toll, 96 people lost their lives in the natural disaster and more than 2.5 million people are estimated to be affected by the damage.

"Judging by the closure of most of the shelters located in the Houston area and from communication with Texas officials, it seems that, fortunately, the current need for aid has declined considerable", the statement from the Mexican government said. And it expressed "full solidarity" with the victims of Hurricane Irma.

A woman tries to clean up in the aftermath of Thursday's quake in Juchitan Municipality, Oaxaca State, Mexico. The following day, Hurricane Katia, a Category 1 storm, made landfall in Mexico's state of Veracruz. 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". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did have a phone call with Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray. "He emphasised to Foreign Secretary Videgaray that the USA government stands ready to assist our neighbours in Mexico during this hard time".