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President Fox Sends New Message about Disaster Caused by Hurricane Katrina

Monday, September 5, 2005

Speech Speech | Message from President Vicente Fox Quesada about Disaster Caused by Hurricane Katrina

The Government of Mexico has closely followed the most recent events linked to aid for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Our thoughts are with the victims and their relatives, to whom the people and government of Mexico send a message of solidarity. I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the families of the three Mexicans who lost their lives as a result of the hurricane and send my condolences and those of the people of Mexico to all the families that have suffered the loss of a life, regardless nationality.

My government has placed a high priority on helping the people that were affected and attending the Mexicans that were affected by the hurricane.
In this respect, the United States has accepted Mexico’s offer of assistance to contribute to the work of seeking, rescuing and looking after the civil population harmed by Hurricane Katrina.

Thus, today the amphibian craft Papaloapan set sail from the port of Tampico for the city of New Orleans. The Papaloapan will transport eight all-terrain vehicles for rescuing people, seven amphibian vehicles for transporting cargo, an ambulance with mobile surgical equipment, two rescue helicopters and drinking water.

On Wednesday, 15 vehicles from the Mexican army will set off carrying food for the victims. These vehicles will also be transporting health brigades, water-treatment plants, and two mobile kitchens with the capacity to feed seven thousand people daily.

These humanitarian missions reflect the Mexican people’s feelings of solidarity with the US population.

A great deal remains to be done, however. I invite you to continue helping through the bank accounts displayed on the screen and to take your donations in kind to the Head Offices of Civil Protection of the Interior Secretariat, located at Insurgentes 2133 in Mexico City.

The US authorities have informed us that what is most urgently needed is bottled water, non-perishable food, baby food, nappies, articles for personal hygiene, blankets and folding beds.

As for the protection of our fellow countrymen, Mexican consular staff are working intensely in all the affected areas to identify Mexican victims as well as to identify their needs and put them in contact with their families in Mexico.

Actions to locate persons and identify requests for support and rescue are being coordinated from four points: Atlanta, Georgia: Houston, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama.

The Foreign Affairs Secretariat has reinforced these consular representations with personnel and resources to enable them to cope with this emergency.
Likewise, the consular representations of Austin, Dallas and San Antonio are contributing to the task of locating Mexican victims in the hostels that have been set up in these cities.

Over the next few days, the Foreign Affairs Secretariat will pay a visit to the areas affected to express the solidarity of our government and supervise efforts to protect Mexican citizens.

Secretary of Social Development Josefina Vázquez Mota will also pay a visit, and we will also visit the places where we are seeking the solidarity and support of our fellow countrymen to ensure the necessary support and solidarity of all those in the United States for our brothers and sisters at this difficult time.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the important presence of volunteers in the Mexican community in the United States, who have provided assistance in various tasks such as donations, food and various other goods, as well as in the search for missing persons, the removal of debris and reconstruction work.
All the organization, network of contacts and bases of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad are now actively engaged in supporting victims in that region and coping with their needs; this is a form of team work that has involved all Mexicans.

I would like to thank the Institute of Mexicans Abroad for their contribution to this noble task.

Mexico and the United States are neighboring countries and friends that must support each other in times of crisis.

My thanks to you all and let us all keep supporting these efforts.

Last update:
Wednesday, September 7, 2005 at 17:42 by Suzanne Stephens Waller.


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