Mexican authorities reported this Saturday more than 50,000 affected due to the intense rains that have been registered in the last hours in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Veracruz, in the southeast of the country.
They indicated that until this Saturday there was a record of 8,035 homes affected by water penetration in the region: In Tabasco 7,835, in Veracruz 185 and in Chiapas 15. In addition, there were 18 total road closures: 10 in Tabasco, 5 in Veracruz and 3 in Chiapas, as well as the damage to two bridges in Tabasco.
“We have alarming numbers, since 1980 it has not rained so much in the state of Tabasco. We have more than 50,000 people affected and more than 8,000 damaged homes,” said Laura Velázquez, head of the National Civil Protection Coordination (CNPC).
On Friday, the National Water Commission (Conagua) confirmed a record of 475 millimeters of rain, a new all-time record since the 380 millimeters that fell in 1980.
Velázquez said that in the next few hours there will be a first evaluation to know what humanitarian aid the affected population needs and announced that agents of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) and the Navy-Navy of Mexico (Semar) already attend to the population.
The emergency led to the opening of a total of fourteen activated temporary shelters: 12 in Tabasco, 1 in Veracruz and 1 in Yucatán; as well as the displacement of 343 people to temporary shelters: 325 in Tabasco and 18 in Veracruz.
For this Saturday, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) predicted intense point rains (from 75 to 150 millimeters) in the north of Chiapas and Tabasco; very strong (from 50 to 75 mm) in the south of Veracruz, and strong points (from 25 to 50 mm) in Guerrero and Oaxaca, generated by the displacement of Tropical Wave No. 43 over the south and southeast of the Mexican coasts .
In turn, he indicated that the Cold Front number 9 will extend as a stationary one over the northwest of the Caribbean Sea, causing very strong occasional rains in Campeche and Yucatán and strong in Quintana Roo, southeast of the country.