The death toll from a pipeline explosion in Idalgo, Mexico, continues to rise. Mexicos health minister, Jorge Alxel, said at a news conference this afternoon that 85 people were killed and 54 others were still being treated in hospitals. Mexican public opinion believes that poverty is one of the most powerful drivers of peoples oil theft.
In interviews with the media, some of the victimsfamilies expressed their despair in sobs. They still dont believe what happened. Everything came too suddenly. Isidro Villasko, a 51-year-old local farmer, is waiting for his nephew to return, but may never come back. He said: Many people died this time. Maybe it was because their cars had run out of fuel. They just came to get a few liters of oil.
In recent years, oil theft has become one of the most serious problems in Mexicos social security. In some areas, a dense network of oil theft has been formed, involving officials, soldiers and police of Mexico Petroleum Corporation, criminal gangs and local villagers. The country has suffered heavy losses as a result. For some poor Mexicans, the wealth of oil theft is the only source of a persons survival, so even if its dangerous, its even life-threatening. Mexican media say that some local people can earn as much as 14,000 Mexican pesos a month (about 4,970 yuan) by stealing oil, nearly six times the minimum wage in Mexico. Of course, poverty does not justify theft. Mexican President Roberto Lopez also vowed to fight the fuel rat to the end.
Source: Global Times - Global Network. More exciting, please log on to the World Wide Web at http://www.huanqiu.com, author: Liu Xuxia, responsible editor: Shi Jianlei_NBJ11331