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US, Mexico to launch West Rail Bypass- the first rail crossing in about 100 years

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Austin, USA: After more than a century, United States and Mexico will launch the first new railway link on coming Tuesday, which will connect Brownsville and Matamoros, the neighboring cities located on either side of the US-Mexican border, according to a report in Economic Times.

According to US Commerce Department, the goal of “West Rail Bypass International Bridge” that started in 2010 was aimed at increasing regional transportation capacity, improving air quality, and reducing urban congestion.

According to US customs and Border Protection, eight railway crossings are already present between US and Mexico. The crossings have sniffer dogs and Border Patrol agents for conducting inspections and are also equipped with x-ray systems that scan rail traffic, according to ET report.

The launching of the West rail gains significance in the backdrop of the demands to tighten control along the border in order to prevent illegal immigration and illegal goods supply.

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Casualties Continue To Occur Post Hurricane Michael

Residents began to return to the devastated town in search of anything that could help them rebuild their lives.

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Wes Allen Jr., from left, sits with his father, Wes, his sister, Alison and his mother, Vicki, outside their room at a damaged motel, Oct. 16, 2018, in Panama City, Fla., where many residents continue to live in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Many residents rode out the storm and have no place to go, even though many of the motel's rooms are uninhabitable. VOA

Almost a week after Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle, Mexico Beach Mayor Al Cathey said two more deaths had been confirmed in the small seaside town.

Cathey said Tuesday that the victims were a man and a woman who lived in separate homes and had not evacuated. He did not give the victims’ names or say how they died.

The announcement brought to 12 the number of people killed in Bay County, which includes Mexico Beach and another hard-hit town, Panama City.

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Scenes of devastation in Mexico Beach, Florida in the aftermath for Hurricane Michael.. VOA

The county took a direct hit from Hurricane Michael, one of the most intense hurricanes to ever hit the United States.

According to the Associated Press, the storm death toll stood at 16 in Florida and 10 combined in Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina.

Life in the hard-hit areas improved drastically as widespread cellphone service returned Tuesday for the first time since the storm.

Residents began to return to the devastated town in search of anything that could help them rebuild their lives.

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Scenes of devastation in Mexico Beach, Florida in the aftermath for Hurricane Michael. VOA

“We really don’t know our plan. We just came to take a first look of the house, analyze and maybe come up with a long-term plan, hopefully,” Joseph Bran of Mexico Beach said as he searched through the debris of his home.

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Another Mexico Beach resident looked on the bright side. “I love it here, the sunset is beautiful, and the Gulf of Mexico got the best fishes of the world,” Scott Collins said. (VOA)