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Major nations, organizations offer aid to flood-hit Mexico
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10:53, November 08, 2007

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Several major countries and organizations have sent financial and moral support to Mexico, where more than a million people were affected by the massive flooding in the southeastern state of Tabasco.

The flooding began on Oct. 29 after Tropical Storm Noel dumped the worst rain seen in 50 years over Tabasco and neighboring state Chiapas, which trapped thousands of residents on the roofs of their homes, sank 17 Tabasco towns completely underwater and forced the evacuation of 250,000 people to emergency hostels.

China Tuesday sent a message of support and offered aid to the flood victims, and China's Red Cross also offered aid to its Mexican counterpart.

"We believe that under the direction of your government, Mexico's people can overcome natural disasters and rebuilt its damaged homes and infrastructure," said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in a statement.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Antonio Garza said that the nation will provide 300,000 U.S. dollars for reconstruction in Tabasco.

U.S. President George W. Bush called his Mexican counterpart Felipe Calderon on Monday to express his solidarity, hoping Mexico could restore normal life and rebuild communities at an early date, Garza said.

The European Union Sunday said it would contribute 3 million euros in aid.

The United Nations Children's Fund said it would contribute 3.26 million dollars since more than a third of those affected by the disaster were children.

Calderon Sunday expressed thanks for the support that the world is showing for the people and towards Tabasco.

Speaking at a meeting in Tabasco's capital Villahermosa, Calderon said, "we are coordinating our efforts to make sure this help really reaches those who most need it".

Source: Xinhua



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