Mexico quake toll rises to 96

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Mexico quake toll rises to 96

A powerful natural disaster that struck Mexico last week has left some 2.5 million people in need of aid and killed 96 others, authorities said on Monday, as officials rushed to get food and water to afflicted communities in the poor south.

Mexico offered to deliver aid to Texas in late August, after the state was struck by Hurricane Harvey and flooding.

Murat said 1 million people in Oaxaca needed food, water, electricity and help rebuilding damaged homes, while in neighboring Chiapas state, which was closest to the epicenter of the tremor, 1.5 million people were affected, according to officials.

"This decision is due to the fact that conditions in both countries have changed and that Texas's need for assistance has fortunately diminished", read a news release from the Mexican government.

Rescuers search for survivors amid houses knocked down or severely damaged by Thursday night's 8.2-magnitude quake, in Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico, on September 10, 2017.

The quake was the most powerful to hit Mexico in over eight decades and was stronger than a 1985 temblor that killed thousands in Mexico City.

The eye of Hurricane Irma, center, hovers just north of the island of Hispaniola, with Hurricane Katia, left, in the Gulf of Mexico, and Hurricane Jose, right, in the Atlantic Ocean, in a satellite image taken at 11:15 a.m. EDT on Sep. 7. Katia's remnants led to a mudslide that killed two people Saturday in the city of Xalapa, Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes had said.

The Mexican government had sent boats and vehicles to help Texas respond to Hurricane Harvey, officials said.

Mexico's government offered to send food, beds, generators, mobile kitchens as well as doctors after torrential rains from Harvey flooded vast parts of Houston.

U.S. -Mexican relations have been strained by U.S. President Donald Trump's threats to curtail trade with Latin America's No. 2 economy as well as his demand that Mexico pay for a border wall to keep out immigrants and drug traffickers.

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