Mexico: Reports on the progress of aid and reconstruction work and regarding the restoration of services in communities affected by the rains

Report
from Government of Mexico
Published on 20 Oct 1999
Bulletin No. 426/99

* The final damaged section of the Puebla-Tezuitlán highway has been provisionally reopened.

* The Department of Social Development (SEDESOL) is coordinating its efforts with the Mexican Army to increase supplies.

* No epidemics have been reported in the affected zones.

* 90% of the electricity supply has been restored.

Through the coordination of President Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de León, aid to the population and the reconstruction of homes, schools, highways and rural roads has been continued. Likewise, drinking water, electricity services and medical attention have been restored in the affected regions of Hidalgo, Veracruz, Puebla and Tabasco.

In accordance with DN-III Plan, the Department of National Defense, through the collection center established in Pachuca, Hidalgo, distributed more than 10 tons of provisions, 17,000 liters of water and almost 5,100 packages of provisions in the last 24 hours, to 13 local communities. In the last 24 hours, the Department of the Navy used land, air and sea transportation to distribute 37 tons of provisions, more than 11,300 liters of bottled water and over 41 tons of other goods in the states of Hidalgo, Veracruz and Tabasco.

The Department of Communications and Transportation reported that the Ilita-Chignautla section of the Puebla-Tezuitlán highway has been provisionally reopened. In the course of the day, the La Guadalupe-Casitas section of the Poza Rica-Veracruz highway should also be provisionally reopened to traffic, thus reestablishing Federal highway links to all the areas affected by rains. The Department of Social Development reports that, in coordination with the Mexican Army, it has increased its supply and distribution routes and, to date, has channeled more than 3,100 tons of provisions, 623,100 liters of water and more than 200,000 liters of milk through 93 warehouses, over 6,000 stores and 722 cargo vehicles situated in the four states.

The Department of Health has confirmed that, so far, no epidemics have been registered in the six states where sanitary alerts were decreed. Prevention mechanisms continue to make use of all sectorial infrastructure, which includes almost 4,000 medical units and 593 medical epidemiological brigades. So far, 948 tons of medicines have been distributed to cover the specific needs of each community.

The National Water Commission estimates that, in the next 10 days, nine of the 28 damaged rural systems will be rehabilitated in the area of Metztitlán, Hidalgo. Meanwhile, more than 647,000 liters of drinking water have been distributed, and around 280,300 liters of stagnant water were pumped out of the area. In the last 24 hours, the Federal Electricity Commission has reestablished the electricity service in 24 rural communities of Puebla, and in a further six in Hidalgo. So far, this service has been restored for more than 107,000 users, thus representing almost 90% of the affected population. A progress rate of 99% was reported in the urban zone of Poza Rica and 90% in the surrounding rural area; 90% in Tezuitlán, Puebla; 82% in Metztitlán, Molango and Metepec, in Hidalgo; and 20% in Villahermosa, Tabasco where, for security reasons, the service is still suspended.

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
248
38,408
276
38,408
Veracruz
83
123
91,610
67
7,909
Hidalgo
33
04
62,434
8
941
Tabasco
15
00
150,230
191
19,383
TOTAL
180
375
345,682
542
66,641

The National Meteorological Service announced that stationary front No. 47 has extended over the middle region of the Gulf of Mexico and has entered Mexico in the southern part of Veracruz, and will continue on through the south and west of the Central Highland Plateau. This front is associated with an area of low pressure in the central region of the Gulf of Mexico, and should produce clouds and intense rain in Tabasco; very heavy rain in Veracruz; heavy rain in Hidalgo and moderate rain in Puebla.