On June 30, Hurricane Alex made landfall as a category two storm in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, bringing heavy rainfall that caused flooding, road blockages, and infrastructure damage in low-lying areas of Tamaulipas, Coahuila, and Nuevo Leon states. In addition, on July 8, Tropical Depression Two made landfall in hurricane-affected areas of northeastern Mexico, bringing additional rainfall and exacerbating flooding.
On July 10, U.S. Ambassador Carlos Pascual declared a disaster due to the effects of the floods in Mexico. In response, USAID/OFDA provided $100,000 through USAID/Mexico for the local purchase and delivery of emergency relief supplies. A four-person USAID/OFDA assessment team is currently on the ground to monitor humanitarian conditions and coordinate the U.S. Government (USG) response. USAID/OFDA plans to deploy a Military Liaison Officer (MLO) as part of the Mexico team on July 14, and an additional USAID/OFDA MLO plans to deploy as a humanitarian advisor to U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
In response to the flooding in Mexico, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is working with the U.S. Department of State (State) and USAID to identify potential military support to assistance operations.
USAID/OFDA has provided two additional awards in response to the May 27 eruption of the Pacaya volcano and May 29 landfall of Tropical Strom Agatha in Guatemala, including $300,000 to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for shelter and settlements and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) programs, as well as $345,000 to Mercy Corps for WASH programs and the provision of emergency relief supplies.