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The number of deaths grows to 21 after rains in Tabasco and Chiapas

The rains of cyclone Eta and cold front number 11 have left at least 80,000 affected and 21 deaths until this Friday in the Mexican southeast, two due to drowning in Tabasco and 19 in Chiapas, the Civil Protection system updated.

Faced with the catastrophe, the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), which presides over Mexico on a temporary basis, asked to include this country in the request for international assistance that it had made due to the effects of Eta in Central America.

“He has requested that Tabasco be included in the call to provide humanitarian aid yesterday, due to the heavy rains in recent days. International cooperation is a pillar of the peaceful relationship between the peoples,” the agency reported.

In the Altos de Chiapas area, about 10 indigenous people of the Tzotzil ethnic group died and more than 2,000 homes were destroyed by the rains that have occurred this week, the municipality of Chamula reported after a landslide.

The authorities have also found nine other bodies in different communities of the state due to the alleged dragging of water currents.

In the tourist San Cristóbal de las Casas, more than 20 neighborhoods were damaged by the rains and flooding of rivers, informed Pablo Reyes, director of municipal Civil Protection.

The Amarillo and Fogótico rivers overflowed in different sections of their channels that cross from east to south through the city, so some people left their homes since Thursday.

The authorities carried out an operation with 60 members of the Municipal Police, among personnel on the ground, motorcycles and patrols, 30 elements of Civil Protection, 35 of the National Guard, and 30 more officials of the State Preventive Police.

The local government equipped the Convention Center as a temporary shelter, while other people and businessmen also offered a space.

So far, elements of the Inter-Institutional Group have transferred more than 200 people to shelters and homes of relatives.


In the state of Tabasco, where the president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador is originally from, 80,000 victims are reported, two deaths and 10 rivers out of their channel.

Governor Adán Augusto López warned that the emergency due to rains and floods is at the “most critical point.”

The Ministry of Defense (Sedena) and the Ministry of the Navy (Semar), announced, are preparing an eviction plan due to the increase of 1,500 cubic meters per second in the Peñitas dam.

“They are preparing a larger evacuation plan in the face of possible major effects on the towns of Nacajuca,” he reported this Friday.

The State Civil Protection Institute (IEPCT) reported one person drowned in that municipality, as well as another in the municipality of Centro, as well as some 80,000 affected by the rains.

The Tabasco president warned that the next 24 hours will be decisive for Tabasco and its capital Villahermosa, which suffers from “historical” floods derived from river runoff in the Sierra de Chiapas.

President López Obrador promised in his morning press conference to be “aware” of the floods in Tabasco due to the new cold front that is hitting the state.

“Tell my countrymen that I am pending, it continues to rain, the flooding is very strong in several municipalities because it has not stopped raining,” he said from the National Palace.

The chancellor, Marcelo Ebrard, thanked Celac for help in a later message.

“We appreciate the support of Latin America and the Caribbean in support of Tabasco,” he declared.

Southeastern Mexico, along with Central America, feels the effects of Eta this week.

The cyclone made landfall in Nicaragua on Tuesday as a powerful hurricane and arrived in Honduras on Wednesday degraded to a tropical depression, but has left at least a score of deaths in that isthmus.

The natural phenomenon, which already this Friday is heading towards Cuba, the Cayman Islands and Florida (United States), according to official information, has left thousands of people missing, houses, roads and crops destroyed in Central America.