In the wake of a massive earthquake that struck Mexico last week, Mexican officials decided on pulling aid to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas, Reuters reported.
The Mexican foreign ministry said in a statement Monday that after the earthquake, Mexico could no longer offer food, beds, generators, mobile kitchens, doctors, and other supplies that they initially planned on sending.
“Given these circumstances, the Mexican government will channel all available logistical support to serve the families and communities affected in the national territory,” the Mexican government said.
At the time, Mexican consul general Francisco de la Torre Galindo said that collaboration between the U.S. and Mexico was necessary.
“The offer for help and collaboration acknowledges a reality,” said Galindo. “We live in the same neighborhood called North America. We can’t be distant neighbors, not any more, not ever.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott estimated that the damage sustained by Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey ranges between $150 billion to $180 billion.
President Donald Trump signed $15 billion relief bill on Friday which included a short-term suspension of the debt ceiling, a bipartisan deal he made with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.