Mexico Hurricane Rick Situation Report No.1

Report
from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 12 Nov 1997
1. Hurricane Rick, grade three on the Hurricane Saffir/Simpson scale (wind speed up to 179-193 km/h), hit Mexico's Southern Pacific coast on 9 and 10 November 1997, in particular the coast of the Oaxaca region, which is still trying to recover from damage caused by Hurricane Pauline in October 1997.
2. According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Hurricane Rick has aggravated the prevailing situation in this region, where the rivers have overflowed their banks, and the road and housing infrastructure has been badly affected.

3. Thanks to preventive measures taken by the national/local authorities (early warning of the population at risk and activation of temporary shelters), no victims have been reported.

4. No state of emergency has been declared, and the Government has not requested international assistance.

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