Mexico: Hurricane Lane OCHA Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2006/0193

OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Mexico - Hurricane Lane
19 September 2006

This situation report is based on information provided by the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Mexico, the National Meteorological Service of Mexico, the US National Hurricane Center, the IFRC and media reports.


1. On 13 September Tropical Storm Lane became the twelfth named storm of the 2006 hurricane season threatening communities along the Pacific coast of Mexico. It followed almost the same track as Hurricane John, which had struck the very same areas a mere two weeks earlier. Lane continued to move parallel to the Mexican coast between Manzanillo and Cabo Corrientes, strengthening to become a category three hurricane (Saffir-Simpson scale) when it made landfall later on 16 September after swinging unexpectedly towards the town of Mazatlan.

2. Lane left a trail of destruction on Sinaloa State killing three people, washing away roads and knocking down fragile homes before being downgraded to a tropical storm on 17 September. Lane continued toward Culiacan, the Sinaloa's State capital, home to approximately 750,000 persons, causing heavy rain and landslides before dissipating inland.

3. After the passage of Lane, Mexican authorities began monitoring "Miriam", a new tropical storm formed in the Pacific and moving in direction North North-west toward Baja California Peninsula.

Impact & Needs

4. Strong precipitation lead to floods causing the destruction of a bridge between the city of Culiacan and the tourist resort of Mazatlan, where 20 neighbourhoods were flooded. Lane's winds toppled electricity towers, trees and traffic signs. Streets were flooded in Culiacan.

5. In Colima State, authorities estimated damages in roads and the airport at about USD 2,7 million. In Michoacan 200 hectares of crops were reported destroyed. Culiacan's airport was closed as well as maritime ports in Sinaloa, Sonora, Nayarit and Jalisco.

National Response

6. The Government's early warning system was activated effectively; about 2,400 people were evacuated in Culiacan, 2,000 in Michoacán and 36,000 tourists in Mazatlan.

7. The Mexican Army activated their emergency response plan known as DN-III-E.

8. A state of emergency was declared for nine of the most affected municipalities in Sinaloa State, a measure that allows access to emergency resources of the Natural Disaster Fund (FONDEN) for relief support to the affected population.

9. There has been no request for international assistance from the Government of Mexico.

UN & International response

10. The United Nations system is monitoring activities and remains in contact with national authorities.

11. OCHA remains in close contact with the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Mexico.

12. This situation report, together with additional information on other ongoing emergencies, is also available on

Map: Mexico: Hurricane Lane - Situation map

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