Mexico Tropical Storm Oct 1993 UN DHA Situation Reports 1 - 3

Report
from UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 01 Oct 1993


DHA-GENEVA 93/0396

MEXICO - TROPICAL STORM GERT AND FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA SITUATION REPORT NO. 1
1 OCTOBER 1993

SITUATION

1. DUE TO HEAVY RAINFALL FOLLOWING HURRICANE GERT (WHICH HIT EASTERN MEXICO 21 SEPTEMBER) PANUCO RIVER BASIN WAS FLOODED. ON 28 AND 29 SEPTEMBER, WATER LEVEL OF PANUCO RIVER ROSE TO AN EXTRAORDINARY LEVEL AND OVERFLOWED, INUNDATING APPROX. 200,000 HECTARES AND AGGRAVATING SITUATION.

2. INITIAL REPORTS INDICATE 45 DEAD AND 50,000 PERSONS DISPLACED. SOME ROADS TO AFFECTED AREAS ARE CUT OFF DUE TO LANDSLIDES. HALF OF CITY OF TAMPICO IS REPORTED INUNDATED.

REQUEST FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

3. ON 29 SEPTEMBER, MEXICAN GOVT APPEALED FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE, SEEKING ITEMS LISTED BELOW:

- NON-PERISHABLE FOOD
- MILK POWDER
- MEDICINES, PENICILLIN, ANTIBIOTICS MEDICINES FOR DIARRHOEAL DISEASES, MEDICINES FOR AMOEBIASES, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY MEDICINES, ANTI-FEBRILE MEDICINES, ORAL REHYDRATION SALTS, PARENPERAL SERUM, MEDICINES FOR EXOPARASITICS, ANTIHISTAMINES
- CLOTHING FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS SUITABLE FOR HOT, HUMID CLIMATE

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

4. THE NATIONAL CIVIL PROTECTION COORDINATION SYSTEM, AS FOCAL POINT IN MEXICAN GOVT, HAS BEEN PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO AFFECTED STATES IN PANUCO RIVER BASIN, NAMELY TAMAULIPAS, VERACRUZ, HIDALGO AND SAN LUIS POTOSI. MEXICAN RED CROSS DISTRIBUTING AID TO VICTIMS.

5. PRESIDENT VISITED AFFECTED AREAS BY HELICOPTER ON 29 SEPTEMBER TO REVIEW SITUATION. GOVT DECLARED PANUCO RIVER BASIN EMERGENCY ZONE.

6. UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR IS IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH NATIONAL FOCAL POINT. UNDMT HOLDING A JOINT MEETING WITH GOVT MINISTRIES TODAY TO FURTHER ASSESS SITUATION AND IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON NEEDS FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE.

7. DONORS ARE ASKED TO RESPOND TO IN-KIND ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS AS STATED IN PARA 3. DONORS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO PROVIDE CASH CONTRIBUTIONS FOR LOCAL PURCHASE OF IMMEDIATE RELIEF ITEMS.

8. DHA IS PREPARED TO SERVE AS A CHANNEL FOR CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE USED DURING IMMEDIATE RELIEF PHASE. FUNDS ARE SPENT IN COORDINATION WITH RELEVANT ORGANIZATIONS OF U.N. SYSTEM, AND DHA PROVIDES DONOR GOVERNMENTS WITH WRITTEN CONFIRMATION ON UTILIZATION OF FUNDS CONTRIBUTED.

9. FUNDS SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO DHA ACCOUNT NO. CO-590.160.1 AT SWISS BANK CORPORATION, CASE POSTALE 2770, CH-1211 GENEVA 2, WITH REFERENCE: 'MEXICO - TROPICAL STORM GERT AND FLOODS, DHA- GENEVA.'

10. FOR COORDINATION PURPOSES, DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM DHA-GENEVA, AS INDICATED BELOW, OF PLEDGES/CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING VALUE BY ITEM.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS - GENEVA +

TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-917-1234
EMERGENCY TEL. NO. (OUTSIDE WORKING HOURS): +41-22-917-2010

DESK OFFICER: S. NISHIKAWA, DIRECT TEL: +41-22-917-3131
PRESS TO CONTACT MS. SKANDRANI, DIRECT TEL: +41-22-917-3114

TELEX: 414242 DHA CH
FAX: +41-22-917-0023
ELECTRONIC MAIL: DIALCOM 141:DHAGVA

DPR 310 MEX '93 (1)


DHA GENEVA 93/0405

MEXICO - TROPICAL STORM GERT AND FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA SITUATION REPORT NO. 2
5 OCTOBER 1993

SITUATION

1. ON 2 OCTOBER UNDMT TEAM TOGETHER WITH CIVIL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT VISITED THE WORST HIT TAMPICO AND PANUCO AREAS AND CONFIRMED THE EXCEPTIONAL EXTENT OF FLOODING. 800,000 HECTARES ARE INONDATED 100,000 OF THESE AREAS ARE SEVERELY DAMAGED.

2. THE PEAK OF THE FLOODING REACHED TAMPICO COAST ON THE MORNING OF 2 OCTOBER. WEATHER CONDITIONS STILL REMAIN UNSTABLE.

3. VAST AREAS OF GRAZING AND FARMING LAND (COFFEE, CORN, BEAN, SOYA AND VEGETABLES) ARE DEVASTATED. MANY IRRIGATION CHANNELS AND SMALL DAMS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED.

4. THE FEDERAL AND RURAL ACCESS ROAD NETWORK AND BRIDGES IN THE AREA ARE SEVERELY DAMAGED. SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE (SCHOOLS, HOSPITALS AND WATER, ELECTRICITY, TELEPHONE AND SEWAGE NETWORKS) IS SEEN TO BE SERIOUSLY AFFECTED. ASSESSMENTS AWAITS THE WATER LEVELS TO RECEDE.

5. 203,500 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN TEMPORARILY EVACUATED FROM DANGER ZONES AND ADMITTED IN PROVISIONAL SHELTERS. THE LATEST OFFICIAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN SHELTERS STANDS AT 65,429 (BREAKDOWN BY AREA: HIDALGO 17,309, SAN LUIS POTOSI 27,000, TAMAULIPAS 10,036, VERACRUZ 11,147)

6. LOCAL AUTHORITIES ANTICIPATE THAT MOST OF THE PEOPLE PRESENTLY IN SHELTERS WILL HAVE TO REMAIN THERE FOR THREE MORE WEEKS UNTIL WATER LEVELS FALL.

REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

7. UN RESIDENT COORDINATOR REPORTS THE FOLLOWING AS PRIORITY NEEDS FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE.

- MILK POWDER : APPROX. 20 PERCENT OF PEOPLE IN SHELTERS ARE CHILDREN UNDER FIVE, PRESENTLY THERE IS A SERIOUS,SHORTAGE OF MILK.

- CORRUGATED ROOFING SHEETS: THE TAMPICOAREA HAS BEEN HIT BY ANOTHER TROPICAL STORM TWO MONTHS AGO AND NOW THE RESIDENTS DO NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO REPAIR OR REBUILD THEIR HOUSES AGAIN. IN ADDITION, THE RAINY SEASON IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR ANOTHER MONTH AND URGENT REPAIR IS NECESSARY.

8. AUTHORITIES ARE ALSO REQUESTING CLOTHING SUITABLE FOR HOT AND HUMID CLIMATE, ESPECIALLY FOR CHILDREN.

9. THE HEALTH SITUATION IS PRESENTLY REPORTED TO BE WELL UNDER CONTROL. RESPIRATORY DISEASES PARTICULARLY AMONG CHILDREN AND SKIN INFECTIONS ARE THE MAIN PROBLEMS BUT IS BEING COPED.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

10. THE NATIONAL SYSTEM FOR CIVIL PROTECTION (SINAPROC) THROUGH THE SECRETARIAT OF THE INTERIOR, COORDINATING THE FEDERAL RESPONSE. LARGE SCALE FEDERAL RESOURCES HAVE BEEN CHANNELLED TO THE DEVASTATED AREA.

11. ON 30 SEPTEMBER THE PRESIDENT ASSIGNED USD 37,419,300 FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, HOUSING AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF AN EMERGENCY LABOUR PROGRAMME FOR THE AFFECTED FARMERS.

12. A NATION-WIDE CLOTHING DRIVE IS UNDER WAY TO PROVIDE CLOTHING TO THE AFFECTED PEOPLE. PART OF THE REQUIREMENTS STATED IN PARA 8 IS EXPECTED TO BE MET.

13. THE SHELTERS RUN BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE WELL MAINTAINED. MEDICAL PERSONNEL IS AVAILABLE IN EACH CENTRE. POLICE AND MILITARY ARE HELPING IN CENTRES. SAFE DRINKING WATER IS BEING SUPPLIED.

14. DHA-GENEVA IS ALLOCATING AN EMERGENCY GRANT OF USD 27,000 FOR LOCAL PURCHASES.

15. DONORS ARE ASKED TO RESPOND TO THE PRIORITY REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE AS STATED IN PARA 7. DONORS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PROVIDE CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE USED FOR LOCAL PURCHASE OF IMMEDIATE RELIEF ITEMS.

16. DHA IS PREPARED TO SERVE AS A CHANNEL FOR CASH CONTRIBUTIONS TO BE USED DURING IMMEDIATE RELIEF PHASE. FUNDS ARE SPENT IN COORDINATION WITH RELEVANT ORGANIZATION OR U.N. SYSTEM, AND DHA PROVIDES DONOR GOVERNMENTS WITH WRITTEN CONFIRMATION ON UTILIZATION OF FUNDS CONTRIBUTED.

17. FUNDS SHOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO DHA ACCOUNT NO. CO-590.160.1 AT SWISS BANK CORPORATION, CASE POSTALE 2770, CH-1211 GENEVA 2, WITH REFERENCE: 'MEXICO - TROPICAL STORM GERT AND FLOODS, DHA-GENEVA.'

18. FOR COORDINATION PURPOSES, DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM DHA-GENEVA, AS INDICATED BELOW, OF PLEDGES/CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING VALUE BY ITEM.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS - GENEVA +

TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-917-1234
EMERGENCY TEL. NO. (OUTSIDE WORKING HOURS): +41-22-917-2010

DESK OFFICER: S. NISHIKAWA, DIRECT TEL: +41-22-917-3131
PRESS TO CONTACT MS. SKANDRANI, DIRECT TEL: +41-22-917-3114

TELEX: 414242 DHA CH
FAX: +41-22-917-0023
ELECTRONIC MAIL: DIALCOM 141:DHAGVA

DPR 310 MEX '93 (1)


DHA GENEVA 93/0438

MEXICO - TROPICAL STORM GERT AND FLOODS
DHA GENEVA SITUATION REPORT NO.3
19 OCTOBER 1993

SITUATION

1. RAINS HAVE CEASED AS OF 15 OCTOBER. HOWEVER, VAST AREAS IN THE STATES OF HIDALGO, SAN LUIS POTOSI, TAMAULIPAS AND VERACRUZ ARE STILL FLOODED.

2. A TOTAL NUMBER OF 27,790 PEOPLE ARE STILL IN SHELTERS. BESIDES, MANY FAMILIES WHO HAVE RETURNED STILL DEPEND ON THE DAILY FOOD RATIONS, MEDICINES AND CLOTHES PROVIDED AT CENTRES SET UP BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES.

NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

3. NATIONAL RELIEF EFFORTS ARE BEING WELL COORDINATED BY SINAPROC. DISTRIBUTION OF AID TO AFFECTED POPULATION BEING IMPLEMENTED BY LOCAL CIVIL PROTECTION OFFICES. STATE HEALTH MONITORING PUBLIC HYGIENE IN SHELTERS.

4. DHA-GENEVA'S EMERGENCY GRANT OF USDOLLARS 27,000 IS BEING USED FOR LOCAL PURCHASE OF MILK POWDER FOR DISTRIBUTION IN SHELTERS FOR CHILDREN, PREGNANT AND LACTATING WOMEN AND ELDERLY.

5. UNDP MADE USDOLLARS 22,000 GRANT AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE OF ROOFING SHEETS TO BE DISTRIBUTED BY LOCAL CIVIL PROTECTION OFFICERS TO FLOOD VICTIMS WHO NEED URGENT HOUSE REPAIRS.

6. FOR COORDINATION PURPOSES, DONORS ARE REQUESTED TO INFORM DHA-GENEVA, AS INDICATED BELOW, OF PLEDGES/CONTRIBUTIONS AND THEIR CORRESPONDING VALUE BY ITEM.

7. THIS IS THE LAST REPORT FOR THIS EMERGENCY, UNLESS THERE
ARE UNFORSEEN DEVELOPMENTS.

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS - GENEVA +

TELEPHONE NO: +41-22-917-1234
TELEPHONE NO.+41-22-917-1234
EMERGENCY TEL NO.(OUTSIDE WORKING HOURS) +41-22-917-2010
DESK OFFICER. S. NISHIKAWA, DIRECT TEL. +41-22-9173131
PRESS TO CONTACT. MS. SKANDRANI, DIRECT TEL. +41-22-917-3114
TELEX. 414242 DHA CH
FAX. +41-22-917-0023
ELECTRONIC MAIL. DIALCOM 141. DHAGVA

DPR310MEX'93(1)