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Mexico prepared to increase Acapulco rebuild budget to 100 billion

Acapulco, Guerrero — The Government of Mexico says it may be necessary to expand its initial Acapulco rebuild budget to 100 billion pesos. Currently, the Government of Mexico has allocated just over 61 billion to repairs, however, that may not prove to be enough.

On Wednesday, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said the government could expand the General Plan for reconstruction and support for Acapulco and Coyuca de Benítez to 100 billion pesos after being destroyed by Hurricane Otis in October.

By not allowing corruption, he said, it is possible to meet all the needs of the affected population because the Government of Mexico has sufficient resources and manages them better in contrast to the misuse that officials of previous administrations gave to the Natural Disaster Fund Trust.

“What we allocate to support the victims in Tabasco, in Veracruz, in Guerrero, what we are assigning and we are going to exercise in Acapulco, I was talking about 60 billion (pesos), but it could be 100 billion,” he said.

López Obrador said the delivery of replacement basic household appliances has begun to those who qualified for the project. He also said the government continues with the delivery of boxes household food goods and roadside soup kitchens continue to offer free hot meals.

He said military presonnel continue to deliver between 60,000, 70,000 meals a day.

Hundreds line up for a hot meal at one of many roadside soup kitchens in Hurricane Otis affected areas. Photo: Sedena Novenber 2023.

“We are not going to stop. The first thing is that we do not lack food, that is, provisions. Fortunately, stores are already reopening, security is being provided throughout the city. People do not lack food, they do not lack water. (…) We are going to continue helping in Acapulco. We are doing well, the situation is normalizing,” he said.