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Mexico Plans Aid for Puerto Rico After Hurricane Maria

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October 5, 2017

Sneakers hang from a downed power line in the wake of Hurricane Maria in the Vietnam section of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on October 1, 2017. (Photograph taken by Nick Brown for Reuters)

Mexico City - Suffering itself after two major earthquakes last month, Mexico plans to send aid including water and electricity experts to Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory reeling from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

The gesture, announced by the Mexican government on Wednesday, follows an awkward series of exchanges between Mexico and the U.S. over emergency aid in recent weeks.

Mexico plans to send some 30 tons of bottled water, mosquito repellent and specialists in power generation, transmission and distribution from the state power utility, Mexico's foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) team would work to mitigate the damage and assist in restoring power supply after Maria, the ministry said.

The strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, Maria caused at least thirty-four deaths and inflicted widespread damage to homes and infrastructure, including wiping out power across the Caribbean island.

Get the full story at reuters.com.