>> As the US grapples with two back-to-back hurricanes, its neighbor to the south is digging out from its own natural disaster. Days after a powerful earthquake killed 96 people and left millions in need of aid, Mexican officials are rushing to get food and water to afflicted communities in the country's poor south.
The state governor of the hard hit Oaxaca said early reports indicate at least 12,000 homes were damaged in the region and warned the number was likely to rise. The crisis forcing the Mexican government to rescind its offer to send aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Reuters David Alire Garcia has been reporting from Juchitan, Oaxaca.
>> It was really a surreal scene. So many homes were absolutely demolished. All kinds of chunks of masonry and walls had fallen. And some continued to fall, as structures were badly damaged. A lot of people are very distraught. Just about everyone knows someone who either died or was pretty severally injured with debris crashing down on people.
>> 1 million people in Oaxaca needed food, water, electricity, and help rebuilding damaged homes. While in neighboring Chiapas, which was closest to the epicenter of the tremor, 1.5 million people were effected according to officials. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in over eight decades. For those in the south, the road to recovery is likely going to be a long one.
>> The president was in pledging that the federal government would provide aid to rebuild. There's a lot of skepticism that that's gonna happen. I think a lot of people are cynical that the government really will help. Because there's been promises made in the past, previous natural disasters, and that aid tends to be very slow.
Or many times doesn't get to where it needs to get. We're looking at an extended period of time before the cleanup is finished, let alone reconstruction can really begin.