The our bodies of migrants who died in a street accident are lined up on the pavement in Tuxtla Gutierrez, in Mexico’s Chiapas state. Picture AFP
TUXTLA GUTIÉRREZ — Not less than 49 migrants have been killed Thursday in Mexico after the truck they have been hiding in hit a retaining wall and overturned within the southern state of Chiapas, a serious transit level for these making an attempt to succeed in the US.
One other 58 individuals additionally have been harm, three of them critically, based on a preliminary report from the prosecutors in Chiapas, which borders Guatemala.
The migrants have been crammed into the truck, civil safety officers instructed reporters.
“In line with the statements of the survivors, most of them are from Guatemala,” mentioned Luis Manuel García, the Civil Safety director for Chiapas.
Officers mentioned it appeared that the motive force was rushing when he misplaced management of the car on the freeway connecting town of Chiapa de Corzo with the state capital Tuxtla Gutierrez. He later fled the scene.
Native tv pictures confirmed massive numbers of ambulances, firefighters and rescue staff gathered across the crashed car, along with some confused and shocked migrants who have been awaiting medical consideration.
Our bodies have been wrapped in white sheets or different blankets.
State Governor Rutilio Escandon mentioned the injured ought to get “immediate consideration and help,” including: “Regulation enforcement will decide who’s accountable.”
Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei pledged to supply any of his countrymen with consular help, together with assist in getting again dwelling, in a message on Twitter.
His Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador provided his condolences on Twitter, calling the incident “very painful.”
Discovering a means north
Transferring undocumented migrants hidden in vans is the commonest methodology utilized by human traffickers working alongside the border from Guatemala into Mexico. They then head north to the US border.
Different migrants have opted to hitch the so-called caravans, through which individuals journey a lot of the lengthy journey on foot, topic to excessive climate in lots of areas of Mexico and the specter of drug cartels and different organized crime syndicates.
The Mexican department of the UN refugee company (UNHCR) has referred to as for “options” and authorized pathways for migration to be able to “keep away from tragedies like this one.”
And Mexican immigration authorities mentioned the survivors may very well be provided non permanent permits to stay within the nation for “humanitarian causes” together with meals and housing help.
The circulate of undocumented migrants, who’re fleeing violence and poverty of their dwelling international locations — primarily in Central America — has grown since President Joe Biden got here to workplace with a promise to scrap the hardline border insurance policies of his predecessor Donald Trump.
Greater than 190,000 migrants have been detected by Mexican authorities between January and September, thrice greater than in 2020. Some 74,300 have been deported. — AFP