Mexican authorities The number of dead migrants rose this Monday to 17, from Central America, Colombia and Venezueladue to the accident on Sunday on a highway in Pueblastate in the center of the country.
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Puebla officials confirmed the death of 2 more people who were hospitalized in the Tehuacan General Hospital after the accident on the Oaxaca-Cuacnopalan highway, at kilometer 88, where 15 passengers died at the time.
The Secretary of the Interior of Puebla, Julio Miguel Huerta Gómez, explained that the truck overturned at around 2:30 p.m. local time (20:30 GMT), so the emergency units came to attend to the accident.
In a press conference, he said that 45 undocumented foreigners were traveling on the bus, most of them from Colombia, Venezuela and Central America.
He reiterated that so far there are 17 deceased migrants, men and women, while another 5 are reported in serious condition and 8 more are about to register.
The state government assured that it will follow the evolution of their health and will collaborate with the immigration authorities to define the situation of those affected.
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Huerta Gómez emphasized that from the emergency call they carried out the necessary diligence to attend to each one of those involved.
According to Mexican civil organizations, 2022 was the most tragic year for migrants in Mexico, as some 900 died trying to cross without documents from the country to the United States.
The deaths of migrants traveling in overcrowded buses have drawn attention, and on February 7 alone, 14 migrants died in a similar accident in Nuevo León, a state bordering the United States.
The region is experiencing a record migratory flow, with 2.76 million undocumented immigrants detained at the United States border with Mexico in fiscal year 2022.
Also 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 after 2021 with 131,448 cases.
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