GUATEMALA CITY – Three of the migrants who died from asphyxiation and dehydration in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz were Guatemalans and the fourth was from Ecuador, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
The dead migrants have still not been identified, the ministry said in a short statement.
Officials from the Guatemalan Consulate in Acayucan, Veracruz, are on their way to provide assistance to the migrants, help identify the victims and check on citizens who are hospitalized, the ministry said.
Four Guatemalan citizens are being treated for minor injuries at Jesus Garcia Corona General Hospital in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, the Foreign Ministry said.
The Mexican National Migration Institute, or INM, said that people traffickers abandoned a group of about 60 Central American migrants in Veracruz.
The four migrants died “as a result of asphyxiation and dehydration, since they did not receive food or water for more than 48 hours,” the INM said in a statement.
The incident occurred in the city of Tres Valles, the agency said.
The people traffickers stopped the truck being used to transport the Central Americans on federal highway 145 “near the town of Novara to get the migrants off and abandon them at a rest stop because several of them showed signs of severe dehydration and four of them had already died,” the INM said.
Tens of thousands of Central Americans undertake the hazardous journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States.
The trek is a dangerous one, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.
Gangs kidnap, exploit and murder migrants, who are often targeted in extortion schemes, Mexican officials say.