At least 16 nations rally to Mexico’s aidBy Elliot Bullman
From rescue specialists to dog teams, support comes from around the world
At least 16 countries around the world have come to Mexico’s aid in the wake of three major earthquakes that have killed more than 400 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
In North America, the United States has sent an initial team of 67 firefighters, paramedics, rescue specialists, structural engineers, search canine units and others from the Los Angeles Fire Department.
From Central America, Guatemala sent 47 rescue workers, a canine unit and five firefighters. The government of Japan sent a 72-strong team of specialized rescue workers, along with four canine units and rescue supplies. The Usar Panamá brigade arrived with 35 specialists in search and rescue, along with two canine units.
The European Union (EU) has sent support and humanitarian aid workers. Switzerland sent a team of civilian engineers that will collaborate with Mexican authorities in assessing the level of structural damage in countless buildings around the country.
Spain sent a team of 52 members of the Military Emergency Unit to offer their support. Meanwhile, in the Middle East, the government of Israel sent a delegation of 70 people who will offer their support in ongoing rescue efforts, including 25 engineers to inspect and assess building damage.
From South America, the government of Chile sent 18 members of its Topos search and rescue team specializing in searching for people trapped under fallen buildings, and a United Nations-certified technical team to do collapsed building analysis.
In addition, United Nations Secretary-General António de Oliveira Guterres has offered technical support andHonduras, South Africa, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Peru have also sent humanitarian aid.
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