Aerial view of a truck in which at least 46 people died, near San Antonio (Texas), June 27, 2022. JORDAN VONDERHAAR / AFP The number of people found dead on Monday, June 27, in a truck in Texas s’ rises to at least 46, according to a new report released at a press conference by the fire chief of the city of San Antonio. Charles Hood also clarified that sixteen injured – twelve adults and four children – had been taken care of and were “conscious” when transported to medical services. Heavy goods vehicles such as the one found in San Antonio, about 240 km from the border with Mexico, are a means of transport frequently used by migrants wishing to enter the United States. Such a trip is extremely dangerous, especially since these vehicles are rarely air-conditioned and their occupants quickly run out of water. Read also Article reserved for our subscribers “The caravan protects, without it, you cannot move forward”: a new procession of migrants settles in Mexico City “The patients we saw were hot to the touch, they suffered from heatstroke and exhaustion; we did not find the slightest trace of water in the vehicle, ”listed the fire chief. “Tragedy” The Mexican Minister of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, regretted on Twitter a “tragedy” and indicated that the Mexican consul, although we do not “know the nationalities” of the victims, went there. The Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, immediately seized on the tragedy to blame it on Democratic President Joe Biden. “These deaths are [de la responsabilité de] Biden. They are the result of its deadly policy of open borders,” he said. Read also In the United States, a historic peak of migrants from Central America The arrivals of illegal migrants increased sharply after the election of Joe Biden, although the latter has been trying since his arrival at the White House to stem the migratory influx by entrusting this thorny issue to its vice-president Kamala Harris. In 2017, a similar tragedy had marked the spirits: ten migrants had died in an overheated trailer parked in a parking lot near San Antonio. The World with AFP
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