Mexico - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 2

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 08 Oct 1999
OCHA GVA - 99/0175
Mexico - Floods
OCHA - Situation Report No. 2
8 October 1999

More than 200 persons killed as rains continue

1. After more than a week of torrential rains, unconfirmed figures show that more than 200 hundred persons have been killed by floods and mudslides, and hundreds more are unaccounted for, in ten states of Southeastern Mexico. Approximately 200,000 persons have been affected. These figures are likely to rise, as reports come from towns and villages isolated by flood waters. Approximately 32,000 persons are in 191 temporary shelters.

2. Preliminary reports show that the States of Tabasco, Puebla and Veracruz are the most seriously hit, with some 170,000 persons affected in the three states all together.

3. Hundreds of municipalities and communities have been flooded and ravaged by mudslides, and many others, in remote mountain regions, are still isolated. More than 75 per cent of the Tabasco state is reportedly under water. Damage to housing and infrastructure is considerable, but no figures are yet available.

4. According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the floods in the Oaxaca state have impeded the relief activities for the victims of the earthquake that occurred on 30 September 1999. Due to the compounded impact of the earthquake and floods, 40 per cent of the Oaxaca state is affected.

National Response

5. Rescue operations have been slowed down by continuos rain and blocked roads but, according to some press reports, several crews are trying to repair roads in order to reach the stricken areas. Aerial means are being used to provide emergency relief items to the stranded people.

6. The Ministry of Health has issued a sanitary alert covering the states of Oaxaca, Hidalgo, Puebla, Tabasco, Chiapas and south of Veracruz. Some 197 medical teams have been mobilized to provide assistance to the affected people.

7. The Government has not requested the United Nations to launch an appeal for international assistance.

8. This situation report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

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