Mexico quake dam­age could sur­pass $2 bil­lion

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - World -

PRES­I­DENT En­rique Pena Ni­eto said Wed­nes­day that pre­lim­i­nary ac­count­ing of the dam­age caused by the two big earth­quakes that hit Mexico this month could cost up­ward of $2 bil­lion (38.1 bil­lion pe­sos).

Pena Ni­eto stressed that dam­age as­sess­ments were con­tin­u­ing, es­pe­cially in hard-hit Mexico City. But pre­lim­i­nary es­ti­mates put re­pair­ing and re­build­ing schools in sev­eral states and the cap­i­tal at nearly $750 mil­lion (13.6 bil­lion pe­sos).

Re­pair­ing and re­build­ing homes will be $550 mil­lion (10 bil­lion pe­sos). Dam­age to cul­tural sites could reach $440 mil­lion (8 bil­lion pe­sos).

The gov­ern­ment is mak­ing di­rect electronic trans­fers to vic­tims of a mag­ni­tude 8.1 earth­quake and af­ter­shocks in Chi­a­pas and Oax­aca to the tune of $356 mil­lion (6.5 bil­lion pe­sos) so they can be­gin re­pair­ing their homes.

“I hope that in the new year we will be able to have also a new Mexico, re­built and in nor­mal con­di­tions,” Pena Ni­eto said.

Au­thor­i­ties raised the death toll from last week’s mag­ni­tude 7.1 earth­quake in cen­tral Mexico to 338 on Wed­nes­day.

Na­tional Civil De­fense chief Luis Felipe Puente re­ported on Twit­ter that the dead in­cluded 199 in Mexico City.

He said there were also 74 in More­los state, 45 in Pue­bla state, 13 in the State of Mexico, six in Guer­rero state and one in Oax­aca state.

The Septem­ber 19 quake col­lapsed at least 38 build­ings in the cap­i­tal, and search ef­forts con­tin­ued at some sites.

It fol­lowed the even stronger earth­quake less than two weeks ear­lier off the coun­try’s south­ern Pa­cific coast that es­pe­cially hit Chi­a­pas and Oax­aca. That one killed nearly 100 peo­ple. – AP

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