Calderon visits hurricane-hit Mexican states

12:48, July 09, 2010      

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited the states of Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas on Thursday to oversee the relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Alex.

Calderon flew over Anahuac, a town on the U.S. border that remains under water. He also met with Tamaulipas Governor Eugenio Hernandez Flores in Matamoros, a border city in that state.

"Be reassured that the federal government will support Tamaulipas, Coahuila and Nuevo Leon to the limit of our legal possibilities," Calderon told a local radio station.

"We are seeking a mechanism to speed up the transfer of money in the most transparent way possible," he said.

The death toll from Alex, which struck Tamaulipas as a category 2 hurricane on Wednesday night last week, rose to 25 in Mexico and 10 across Central America. At the peak of the disaster, 140,000 people were without food and water in Nuevo Leon's capital, Monterrey.

Earlier on Thursday, broadcasters reported that 40,000 homes had been damaged or completely destroyed in emergency operations carried out by the National Water Commission under the nation's Environment Ministry to clear overflows at reservoirs in the region.

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