Mexico Pulls Aid Out Of Texas After Earthquake, Hurricane

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In the wake of a massive quake that struck Mexico last week, Mexican officials decided on pulling aid to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, Reuters reported.

Mexico's government on Monday withdrew an offer to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas after the quake stretched the resources of its emergency services. A spokesman for the governor's office said Mexico also sent mobile kitchen units.

Hours after rescinding the aid offer, Mexico's Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray reportedly received a phone call from US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

The same day Mexico offered the country's help to Abbott, Trump tweeted about the wall and NAFTA. The storm dropped about 50 inches of rain on Houston and demolished communities throughout Southeast Texas.

A powerful quake that struck Mexico last week has left some 2.5 million people in need of aid and killed 96 others, authorities said on Monday, as officials rushed to get food and water to stricken communities in the poor south.

On Sept. 6, Mexico received word that the US 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.

Videgaray had originally called Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on August 27 to detail aid Mexico was sending to the U.S.in Harvey's catastrophic aftermath, Mexico's Foreign Ministry had said.

Authorities recovered more bodies Monday from the rubble of the Mexico's huge natural disaster, bringing the death toll to 96 as the president prepares to visit the worst-hit region, his office said.

"The Mexican government expresses its full solidarity with Florida given the severe damage done by Hurricane Irma", the statement said.

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