Mexico: Defence Secretary speaks to victims after deadly helicopter crash

SOT, journalist (Spanish): «What report of the damage from the earthquake do you have at the moment? Did they tell you or do you know?» SOT, General Salvador Cienfuegos, Secretary of National Defence (Spanish): «Where? Here?» SOT, journalist (Spanish): «Yes.» SOT, General Salvador Cienfuegos, Secretary of National Defence (Spanish): «Yes, they have told us at the municipality that there are... Еще two hundred buildings with partial damage and ten buildings were completely destroyed.» SOT, Eviel Perez, Secretary of Social Development, (Spanish): «This is all still to be thrashed out. Do not take it as a final figure as we are still taking stock.» SOT, General Salvador Cienfuegos, Secretary of National Defence (Spanish): «Still, only at the end will we be able to have carried out a full census.» SOT, journalist (Spanish): «Is this now in second place, the strain of years of earthquakes as a result of this accident, General?» SOT, General Salvador Cienfuegos, Secretary of National Defence (Spanish): «No it hasn't. We are going to respond to both matters with the same level of importance. Yes, we have a moral commitment of responsibility to the relatives and we won't put it to one side.» The Mexican Secretary of Defence General Salvador Cienfuegos was speaking to victims of Friday’s earthquake in Santiago Jamiltepec, in the south-western state of Oaxaca on Saturday, including relatives of 13 people who were killed in a helicopter crash. A military helicopter had been assessing earthquake damage when it crashed on top of several vehicles in a field close to Santiago Jamiltepec. Thirteen people were killed in the accident, including a six-month-old baby. It is thought they had left damaged buildings in case of aftershocks. The helicopter had been carrying Mexico's interior minister and the governor of Oaxaca, both of whom escaped without injury. «We have a moral commitment of responsibility to the relatives and we won't put it to one side,» General Cienfuegos told reporters. Friday's 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck close to Pinotepa de San Luis in Oaxaca, at about 17:30 local time (23:30 UTC).

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