MEXICO CITY: A bus carrying migrants overturned in southern Mexico on Friday (Oct 6), leaving no less than 18 passengers useless and 27 injured, authorities mentioned – the newest deadly street crash involving US-bound migrants.
The useless, three of them minors, had been from Venezuela and Haiti, in line with an announcement from the prosecutor’s workplace in Oaxaca state.
The accident occurred at round daybreak on a freeway linking Oaxaca and the neighboring state of Puebla, it mentioned.
The injured had been taken to hospital for therapy, it added.
Photos launched by state authorities confirmed the wreckage of the bus mendacity on its aspect on a freeway winding by hills.
Hundreds of migrants from completely different international locations have been touring throughout Mexico in buses, overcrowded trailers and atop freight trains in an try to succeed in the US-Mexican border.
They run the chance of deadly accidents, kidnapping by prison teams and extortion by corrupt officers.
Greater than 8,200 migrants have died or disappeared within the Americas since 2014, most of them whereas attempting to succeed in america through Mexico, in line with the Worldwide Group for Migration.
The US-Mexican border is the “world’s deadliest migration land route,” with 686 deaths and disappearances in 2022, the IOM mentioned final month.
On Sunday, no less than 10 Cuban migrants had been killed and 25 injured when a cargo truck carrying them overturned within the southern state of Chiapas.
In early August, no less than 18 individuals died and 23 had been injured after a bus carrying native passengers and migrants from international locations corresponding to India, the Dominican Republic and a few African nations plunged right into a ravine within the state of Nayarit.
And in December 2021, 56 principally Central American migrants had been killed and dozens injured when a individuals smugglers’ truck carrying round 160 individuals overturned in Chiapas.
The Mexican authorities has admitted to being overwhelmed by the variety of migrants crossing its territory, the overwhelming majority of whom are from Central America, Venezuela, Cuba and Haiti.
Mexican authorities mentioned they detained greater than 189,000 migrants final month, whereas the US border patrol has reported 1.8 million apprehensions between October 2022 and August 2023.
Senior US and Mexican officers pledged Thursday to redouble their efforts to deal with irregular migration by measures corresponding to modernizing border safety, growing authorized avenues and addressing the basis causes.
The 2 international locations had been dedicated to increasing “protected, orderly and lawful pathways for migrants” however with “strict penalties” for many who enter america illegally, US Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas mentioned after talks in Mexico Metropolis.