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Schwarzenegger Lends Help As Massive Flooding Continues in Mexico

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has offered to help the Mexican government respond to massive flooding in the southern state of Tabasco. About 80 percent of the state is underwater. KPBS reporter Amy I

Schwarzenegger Lends Help As Massive Flooding Continues in Mexico

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has offered to help the Mexican government respond to massive flooding in the southern state of Tabasco. About 80 percent of the state is underwater. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has the story.

Schwarzenegger will provide the Mexican government with supplies including inflatable boats, generators and blankets.

In Tabasco, which is one of Mexico's southernmost states, massive flooding has displaced nearly half a million people.

Thousands more have been stranded on rooftops since rivers spilled over their banks last week.

Schwarzenegger says Mexico helped California fight the wildfires that raged across the state last month.

He says California needs to provide any disaster assistance Mexico may need.

The governor also sent President George Bush a letter asking him to allow the California Air National Guard to fly into Mexico to speed delivery of disaster supplies.

The governor also asked for help with diplomatic and customs clearance for both the cargo and crew.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.