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A total of 19 Guatemalans who died in December in a tragic traffic accident that left 56 dead in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas were repatriated to their country on Thursday, according to official sources.
To date, the forensic authorities of the FGR have achieved, with the support of the governments of the countries of origin of the deceased, the identification of 55 of the 56 people who died in the accident, most of them Guatemalans.
According to the source, 18 more deceased were transported by air from the Ángel Albino Corzo airport and one more will be sent by land.
Only one migrant would be missing to identify.
Marcela Díaz Carachure, regional delegate of the National Association of Funeral Homes, indicated that 19 bodies were prepared, including a woman and four young minors.
While the Guatemalan consulate, by telephone, confirmed to the media that 18 bodies were transferred to the Ángel Albino Corzo airport, and one more was transported by land to the village of Tzanixnam in the municipality and department of Totonicapán.
The tragic accident occurred on December 9 on the highway from Tuxtla Gutiérrez to Chiapa de Corzo, in the Mexican state of Chiapas.
More than 160 migrants were traveling hidden in the trailer; the majority came from Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador.
Traveling crammed into trucks is one of the most dangerous ways migrants use to clandestinely cross Mexico after paying thousands of dollars to their coyotes or smugglers.
According to an Efe count based on INM statements, at least 5,800 migrants were intercepted from June to early December in trailers and buses, the vast majority of them in overcrowded and dehydrated conditions.
This insecure method of irregularly transporting migrants has not ceased and this week a trailer had an accident in the eastern state of Veracruz when it was transporting 38 undocumented immigrants, who were slightly injured.
The region is experiencing a record migratory flow to the United States, whose Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detected more than 1.7 million illegal immigrants on the border with Mexico in fiscal year 2021, which ended on September 30.
While Mexico has intercepted more than 252,000 undocumented migrants from January to November and deported more than 100,000 in the same period, according to the Migration Policy Unit of the country’s Ministry of the Interior.
The Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (Comar) received a record 131,488 refugee applications in 2021.
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