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Mexico offers U.S. two ships, helicopters, other craft for Katrina relief efforts

Associated Press

MEXICO CITY – Mexico offered the United States two Mexican navy ships, 15 amphibious vehicles, two helicopters and 15 heavy trucks on Saturday to help in the relief effort following Hurricane Katrina.President Vicente Fox said the government had donated US$1 million – an amount matched by a private Mexican aid foundation – for hurricane relief efforts.”Mexico is a friend, and in tough moments, good friends stand together,” Fox said. “You can count on our support.”Fox also offered health brigades and rescue teams, including the rescue teams that dug survivors out of Mexico City’s devastating 1985 earthquake.Fox estimated that about 145,000 Mexicans lived in the broad, multi-state area affected by Katrina, and that about 10,000 lived in New Orleans.Fox offered to set up consular offices and communications links to help Mexican victims, and urged Mexican residents to obey U.S. authorities.Vail, Colorado