· He toured the area affected by a tornado last May, and delivered the
rehabilitation and reconstruction works.
· I welcome the fact that the expressions on your faces and your joy are
the best evidence that we are fulfilling our promise not to abandon you or
leave you alone, he told the Ciudad Acuña residents accompanying him.
· Seven months after the tornado, this urban part of Ciudad Acuña is
certainly different, much more beautiful, with more open spaces and public
spaces that have been built for the peaceful coexistence of families, he said.
· He thanked the armed forces and public servants who supported the
reconstruction of the affected area.
Earlier today, President Enrique Peña Nieto toured the urban area of this
city that was affected by a tornado on May 25, in which he delivered the
rehabilitation and reconstruction works as well as the homes that have been rebuilt.
He was accompanied by the residents of the neighborhoods that had been damaged.
“Today we are delivering everything that was rebuilt, and I welcome the
fact that the expressions on your faces and your joy are the best proof that the
government is fulfilling its promise not to abandon you or leave you alone.
Today proves we have met our commitment to the community of Ciudad Acuña,” he
He recalled that today, seven months after the tornado, “This urban part
of Ciudad Acuña is certainly different, much more beautiful, with more open
spaces and public spaces that have been built for the peaceful coexistence of
the families who live here.”
The president also recalled that when he toured the area damaged by the
tornado, he pledged not to leave those who had been affected alone, and to accompany
them in the reconstruction process. “Today, I
have come back, seven months later, in order to carry out a joint supervision
with you of the delivery of the works that have been completed during this
time,” he told residents.
He explained that 2,400 homes were partially damaged, and over 200 totally damaged.
President Peña Nieto thanked those who supported the reconstruction
efforts: first of all, he said, “Our armed forces, because
from the moment we arrived that night, they had already been deployed here, and
were supporting families and protecting dwellings to ensure safety that night when
there was no electricity or services. The
presence of our Mexican Army was crucial to this process.”
He also thanked other public servants, “For their commitment to being
here permanently, being part of the community and working for the benefit of
those who were affected.”
He reported that next year, in Ciudad Acuña, the Institute of the
National Housing Fund for Workers (INFONAVIT) will open a permanent module for families,
not only those that were affected, but also those who have a home provided by
INFONAVIT. At the moment, they have to go to Piedras Negras to deal with any
issues that arise.
The president explained that the federal government and the government
of Coahuila, “Immediately joined forces to restore basic services, especially
electricity, and everything needed for life to return to normal as soon as possible.”
He noted that the government will continue teaming up with the
Government of Coahuila to achieve better results in the state. “This is a government that is working to achieve
greater development for the state by joining forces,” he said.