ECHO Daily Map – Tropical Cyclones (as of 19 September 2013)

Mexico - Tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel

  • Tropical Cyclone MANUEL reformed on 18 September. On 19 September, at 06:00 UTC, it was a Hurricane Category 1 (max. sust. wind speed 120km/h) and its centre was located in the Gulf of California, very close to the coast of the state of Sinaloa, NW Mexico, near the small town of Altata. For the next 24h, it was forecast to move N-NW, possibly also over inland western Mexico, weakening, and to affect the area along its path with heavy rainfall, strong winds and storm surge.
  • In view of the high number of people seriously affected by the situation (1 200 000, with 238 000 only in Guerrero), resources from the National Fund for Natural Disasters (Fonden) have been mobilized. So far, up to EUR 87 million have been allocated to provide food, mattresses, drinkable water, hygiene items, medicine and other items to the people affected, and many improvised shelters have been set up. Damage and needs assessment are currently ongoing, but widespread damage can be observed to houses and public infrastructure such as roads, bridges, etc. Impracticable roads, power cuts and damage to mobile networks make it very difficult to know what is happening in remote areas. However it seems that Mexican authorities have the means to address the significant needs caused by this disaster.
  • Ten secretaries of State have been dispatched to the most affected regions, Guerrero, Veracruz, Colima, Tabasco, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Puebla, Nuevo León, Tamaulipas and Hidalgo, among others. In Guerrero, the situation of hundreds of people recently displaced due to violence is of particular concern. In the eastern part of the country, the situation also affects trans-migrants who cross the country in very difficult conditions, including many unaccompanied minors.
  • Heavy rains could still affect the whole national territory over the next few days, which could trigger a generalized alert.
  • Mexican authorities report to have the situation under control and no request for international support is expected.
  • UN have stated their readiness to support in case the government requests it.