Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Satus Update On Flooding

I have been picking up bits and pieces here and there and it's not encouraging but here goes...

OAXACA CITY, MEXICO (REUTERS/CBS) Damaged bridges hinder the progress of rescuers attempting to reach the scene of a deadly landslide. Debris-strewn roads and damaged bridges, victims of recent violent weather systems in Mexico, slowed the progress of rescuers on Tuesday (September 28) as they tried to reach the site of a deadly mudslide.

Gerie Bledsoe said; Back in the home office in California pumping out info on the Pan Am race. Floods in southern Mexico caused by tropical storms are a concern.

Rene Ortega said; Yep, at least here in Oaxaca many roads are closed and some other in really bad shape.

Marcia Blas said: Heard on the radio today and read a bit on the internet. Feel for the folks dealing with the horrific mudslides! Thanks for keeping the updates coming!

Jorge Arellano Vital said; Lots and lots of rain in Chiapas and Oaxaca state, it hasnt stopped raining in the area in more than 36 hours. Relatives in Oaxaca told me that they have been told it will keep raining for at least 72 more hours.

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico — Floods that have affected almost one million people in the south and east of Mexico will likely worsen after the opening of a dam and predictions of more rain, a state governor said Wednesday.

"Heavy rains are predicted, not only in Tabasco (state) but also in the whole south-southeastern region, including storms and hurricanes... which would put us in a more critical situation," Tabasco governor Andres Granier told local journalists.

The opening of the region's Penitas dam could release up to 2,000 cubic meters of water per second to the Carrizal and Samaria rivers, which were already at critical levels, Granier said.

"The worrying thing is that for people in Tabasco, the worst -- our real rainy season -- is starting now," he added.

The states of Veracruz, Oaxaca and Tabasco were the worst hit in the floods that swept through entire towns and affected more than 900,000 people in some way, according to state civil protection officials.

The total toll from the heaviest rains in living memory in Guatemala and Mexico rose above 50 on Tuesday, including seven in Mexico.

Guatemalan officials on Tuesday called off the search for 15 more corpses over safety fears.

In Mexico, President Felipe Calderon said rainfall was more than three and a half times the average during a visit to Tabasco Tuesday, blaming the situation on climate change.

Some 200,000 hectares (500,000 acres) of land were submerged, affecting more than 20,000 farmers in the region, officials said.

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