Emergency state declared in quake-hit Mexican city
The Mexican Interior Ministry declared on Monday a state of emergency in the municipality of Mexicali in Baja California state where a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Sunday.
The ministry said in a statement that with this decree the authorites of Baja California could imediately have resources from the Natural Disasters Fund ( Fonden) to meet the basic needs of the people.
"With this decree, requested by the state government, the authorites will have resources to provide food, shelters and health necessisties for the affected people," the statement said.
Mexicali city, bordering the United States, has some 940,000 inhabitants and it was the most affected by the earthquake.
The temblor left cracked streets, damaged buildings, broken pipelines, a flooded district and a collapsed public parking lot in the city, among other aftermath.
Two people died and 233 more were injured in the quake, which also affected the U.S. cities of Calexico, San Diego and Los Angeles.