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Deaths from ‘Eta’ increase to 27 in southeastern Mexico

The number of deaths rose to 27 this Sunday in southeastern Mexico due to the passage of cyclone Eta and the rains of cold fronts after confirming two new deaths in Chiapas, which accumulates 22 deaths, in addition to five in Tabasco.

Chiapas authorities reported to Efe one injured, four missing, 37,079 affected people, 12 damaged regions, with 8,033 families affected in 54 municipalities with a total of 16,077 damaged homes, of which 4,010 are uninhabitable and 255 collapsed.

In terms of infrastructure, they also reported 158 interruptions in the highway sections, 11 destroyed bridges and 11 severely affected, which has left three communities cut off.

They also reported that there are 11 damaged drinking water networks and 87 overflows of rivers and streams.

Therefore, 13 shelters were activated in municipalities with a high indigenous population, such as Juárez, Ocosingo, Ixhuatán, Ixtapangajoya, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Tumbalá, Pantepec, Solosuchiapa, Larráinzar and Santiago El Pinar.

Hours earlier, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, had confirmed three more deaths in his native state of Tabasco, for a total of five.

The president moved to Tabasco since the previous day of emergency, before the claims of help from about 80,000 victims.

“Human misfortunes, since relatively few, many people have been saved,” he said this Sunday together with the governor of Tabasco, Adán Augusto López.

Southeastern Mexico, along with the Caribbean and Central America, is suffering the effects of Eta this week, in addition to cold front numbers 9 and 11.

Eta made landfall last Tuesday in Nicaragua as a powerful hurricane and after arriving in Honduras as a tropical depression, it finally left Central America on Friday, although it has left hundreds of people missing, and at least 27 dead in Guatemala, 25 in Honduras and another in El Savior.

Faced with the emergency, the German Embassy in Mexico announced this Sunday a support of 50,000 euros for the purchase of basic supplies for the victims.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) also thanked an unspecified donation from the Danish Embassy.

In Tabasco, there are still more than 7,000 people in shelters, while the DN-III emergency plans of the Army and another of the Navy continue, the president said.

He also promised that there will be resources to repair damages despite the disappearance of the National Fund for Natural Disasters (Fonden) a month ago.

“We are asking people to continue sheltering in shelters, they will not lack food, they will not lack the essentials, and what we have described as a criterion, the material is replaced, what needs to be taken care of is life”, warned in a video from the site.