San Antonio helping Mexico after devastating earthquake

Hundreds killed after Tuesday's quake

By Max Massey - Video Journalist

SAN ANTONIO - In the aftermath of the earthquake in Mexico, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and the San Antonio City Council hosted the Mexican consulate Thursday. The mayor said San Antonio stands with the city's neighbors to the south.

 

Consulate General Reyna Torres Mendivil said parts of Mexico are destroyed.

"It's devastating. It’s heartbreaking," the consulate general said.

She stood in front of City Council on Thursday and spoke of ways San Antonio can help, and Mayor Nirenberg said he wants to be a big part of the relief.

 

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"These are our family members. These are our neighbors, and we want to be there when they are in our greatest need," Nirenberg said.

The consulate general said the effects from this deadly earthquake will be felt for a very long time, but for now, they are concentrating on saving as many people as they can.

"Mexican authorities are focusing on rescuing people who are still under those buildings that collapsed,” Torres Mendivil said. “That's the main priority right now."

She also said the authorities and people of Mexico dealing with the devastation are prepared; there have been drills and protocols in place for years.

But for now, she commends countries around the world for their help during this tragic time.

"Many countries, like Israel and El Salvador and the U.S., have offered this help. There is a crew of California firefighters already in Mexico helping, but in the future, people are going to need aid," she said. "So this is going to be a long process."

 

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