Mexico: Reports on the measures implemented by the Federal Government to aid communities affected by rain

Report
from Government of Mexico
Published on 28 Oct 1999
Bulletin No. 442/99

The favorable evolution of climatic conditions in Tabasco has led to a further reduction of the controlled release of water from Peñitas Dam.

It has been confirmed that there are no epidemics.

The number of rehabilitated and provisionally reopened rural roads now totals 629.

Educational activities have been normalized in Hidalgo and Oaxaca.

President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León made a work visit to the state of Oaxaca to personally evaluate the progress of measures to aid the population affected by the recent rains, and to supervise the rehabilitation and reconstruction of damaged state infrastructure. President Zedillo was accompanied by the Secretaries of National Defense; Communications and Transportation; Social Development; and Public Education, as well as by the Under Secretary of Sickness Prevention and Control of the Department of Health.

In Tabasco, the National Water Commission reported that the favorable evolution of regional climatic conditions and diminishing rainfall have led to the reduction of river water levels throughout the state. In line with this situation, the Technical Committee for the Operation of Hydraulic Works of the National Water Commission agreed to once again reduce the release of water from Peñitas Dam to a rate of 1,600 cubic meters per second. The General Director of the Commission, Guillermo Guerrero Villalobos, has remained in Tabasco to supervise the operation of the Grijalva River Hydroelectric System and, in conjunction with other agencies, to reinforce river banks, carry out basic cleansing and the distribution of drinking water.

The Department of National Defense reported that, since the critical phase of the emergency has now come to a close in various areas of Hidalgo, Puebla, Veracruz and Oaxaca, personnel and equipment deployed during the emergency are now being gradually returned to their headquarters. Due to the situation prevailing in the state of Tabasco, a total of 9,204 elements have remained there to operate 33 shelters and 28 community kitchens to aid the local population. In the last 24 hours, the Mexican Army distributed 77,000 rations of hot food, evacuated and transported 845 people to the shelters, and placed 106,000 sandbags on the Carrizal River Dam and around the state Social Readaptation Center.

In the last 24 hours, the Mexican Navy evacuated 69 people and transported more than nine tons of provisions, 21,000 liters of water and two tons of other goods, to benefit 13 communities in the state of Tabasco, including the city of Villahermosa.

The Department of Social Development has reported that, in order to guarantee supplies to flood victims in Tabasco, the Diconsa store network now has an inventory of more than ten thousand tons of provisions. Likewise, over 1,200 tons of provisions, almost 292,000 liters of bottled water and 496,000 liters of milk have so far been distributed.

The Health Care Sector has continued to implement sanitary measures in five Mexican states; it has also confirmed that there are no reports of epidemics.

In Veracruz, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) has totally reestablished the electricity service to the cities of Poza Rica and Gutiérrez Zamora; yesterday, a 98% progress rate was reported for Tecolutla. In Tabasco, the CFE commented that electricity has once again been connected in 25 distribution sectors of Villahermosa, and in 16 communities in various municipalities.

As part of its infrastructure rehabilitation and reconstruction work, the Department of Communications and Transportation announced that a total of 629 rehabilitated rural roads have been provisionally reopened in six Mexican states. With the participation of state and municipal authorities and producers, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has formed just over one thousand Pro-work Committees. Finally, the Department of Public Education reported that educational services have now been completely restored in the states of Hidalgo and Oaxaca.

LATEST REPORT

In accordance with the latest reports received from the respective state authorities and with the aim of keeping the Mexican people fully informed, the General Civil Protection Coordination Section of the Department of the Interior will provide information containing official figures on the situation prevailing until 12:00 hours today.

State
Affected Municipalities
Deaths
Homeless
Temporary Shelters
People in Shelters
Puebla
49
251
43,611
48
5,924
Veracruz
83
124
91,610
15
831
Hidalgo
33
04
62,434
02
49
Tabasco
17
00
302,855
682
54,051
TOTAL
182
379
500,510
747
60,855

The National Meteorological Service announced that the arrival of tropical marine air from the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean will produce moderate and scattered rain in Tabasco and light rain in southern Veracruz. No rain is forecast for the states of Puebla and Hidalgo.