Mexico: Floods - Information Bulletin n° 2

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The Situation

Torrential rains in Central Mexico since 14 August resulted in the bursting of the "Ventanillas" dam and subsequent flooding in the region of San Luis Potosi. A total of 13 people died, 11 remain missing and it is estimated that some 3,000 people were affected by the floods. In the municipality of Villa Garcia in Zacatecas, the bursting of the dam resulted in one death, two disappearances and some 4,000 people have been affected. In both areas, a state of emergency was declared. In addition, in the region of Durango, five communities were hit by heavy rains, resulting in material damage to housing. The rains have now diminished and the flood water has subsided in San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas, however, in Durango heavy rain continues to fall.

Red Cross/Red Crescent Action

The Mexican Red Cross (MRC) is working in coordination with the Mexican army and the civil defence. The National Society carried out a damage and needs assessment on 16 August. The results of the survey indicate that in San Luis Potosi in the municipality of Villa de Reyes, the communities of Las Rusias, Guadiana, Carrera Torres, Villa de Reyes, Carranca and Ventillas were most severely hit by the flooding. Furthermore, 190 houses were damaged, 10 of which were totally destroyed.

The San Luis Potosi branch of the Mexican Red Cross is distributing blankets, food, clothing and shoes, and is also providing first aid care. The assessment in Villa Garcia, Zacatecas, indicated that 210 houses were damaged, 11 of which were totally destroyed. The National Society is providing food, clothing and first aid services. The Durango branch of the Mexican Red Cross is involved in providing support to the affected communities.

The MRC is in a position to respond to relief needs; however funds are sought to implement community based disaster education and preparedness projects in the affected areas.

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For further details please contact :

  • The Mexican Red Cross in Mexico City; Phone (52) 5 3951111 Fax (52) 5 3951598 email:
  • Olaug Bergseth, Phone 41 22 730 45 35; Fax 41 22 733 0395; email:

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John Horekens
Division of External Relations

Santiago Gil
Americas Department