Puebla (Mexico), February 20 (EFE).- Mexican authorities raised the number of migrants killed on Monday to 17. Central America, Colombia and VenezuelaDue to Sunday’s accident on a highway in the state of Puebla in the center of the country.
Puebla authorities confirmed the death of 15 passengers at kilometer 88 of the Oaxaca-Cuacnopalan highway, while 2 more were hospitalized at the Tehucan General Hospital after the accident.
The truck overturned around 2:30 p.m. local time (20:30 GMT), explained Julio Miguel Huerta Gómez, Puebla’s interior secretary. Emergency services arrived to deal with the accident..
He said this on the bus in a press conference 45 undocumented aliens traveledMost of them are from Colombia, Venezuela and Central America.
He reiterated that until now that was the case 17 migrants died, men and women; 5 more are in critical condition and 8 are about to be discharged. The state government promised to follow the evolution of their condition and cooperate with the immigration authorities to define the situation of the victims.
Huerta Gómez emphasized that since the emergency call they have done due diligence on everyone involved.
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According to Mexican civil organizations, 2022 is a very sad year for immigrants In Mexico, about 900 people died trying to cross from the country to the United States without documents.
The deaths of migrants traveling in overcrowded buses have drawn attention, including those who died in a similar accident in the US border state of Nuevo Leon on February 7, 14.
The region is inhabited by A log migration flow, In fiscal year 2022, 2.76 million undocumented immigrants are detained at the US-Mexico border.
Last year, according to data from the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR), Mexico received 118,478 petitions from migrants seeking asylum, the second highest number since 2021 with 131,448 cases.