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Cold front leaves southeast with landslides and 27 dead

Southeast Mexico — Continued rains in the southeast being generated by Cold Front 11 has caused the death of 27 people and damage to more than 60,000 homes in the states of Tabasco, Chiapas and Veracruz.

At a press conference, the national coordinator of Civil Protection, Laura Velázquez Alzúa, said that the rains are atypical and have made 2020 the second rainiest year out of the last 50.

“The year 2020 is the second rainiest year historically with a cumulative rainfall of 2,830 liters per square meter, only 128 below the 1970 record, which amounts to 2,948 liters per square meter,” she reported.

Velázquez Alzúa explained that one of the most damaged states is Tabasco where five people have died and 13 of the 17 municipalities are affected. She reported that out of 529 affected neighborhoods there are 148,057 victims and that 35,982 houses suffered some form of water damage.

She added that there have also been seven landslides and 33 roads that have been cut off to traffic.

In Chiapas, 22 people have been killed due to landslides. In terms of material damage, she says there are 19,486 flooded homes, 94 blocked roads, 26 landslides, four affected bridges and 10 overflowing streams.

In Veracruz, 15 of their municipalities have been affected with reports of 5,079 flooded homes, two washed out bridges, 15 road blocks and 15 landslides.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador canceled his tour of Nayarit and Sinaloa to attend to the floods in Tabasco, for which he was transferred on a Mexican Air Force plane. After his tour, he reported the deployment of DNIII Plan to support victims.