MEXICO CITY – Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto praised on Wednesday the thousands of volunteers who were helping rescue efforts following a magnitude-7.1 earthquake that has left over 200 people dead.
In a message to the nation, Peña Nieto urged all Mexicans to rally and assist in supporting victims of Tuesday’s quake in any way possible.
Peña Nieto detailed his government’s three-stage response to the disaster, namely supporting those directly affected, carrying out a comprehensive report of material damage and reconstructing destroyed buildings, which would initially require “demolitions and removal of debris.”
The president added that the “active participation” of the private sector and society as a whole during the coming weeks would be crucial for recovery efforts.
He praised the volunteers providing “unconditional” assistance to those in need, and also thanked the “thousands of messages of solidarity and encouragement from all over the world.”
He reserved special thanks to various countries that have offered technical and specialized assistance, particularly Spain, the United States, Israel, Japan and other Latin American nations.
Peña Nieto assured those residents who have lost their homes would get help, and that “working together, we will move forward.”
“We are all vulnerable faced with the forces of nature, and for this reason we come together as one when it comes to saving a life or helping a victim. If anything characterizes Mexicans, it is our generosity and fraternity,” he said.
Authorities have so far reported at least 230 deaths from Tuesday’s magnitude-7.1 earthquake, which struck 120 kilometers outside Mexico City.