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Extreme heavy rainfall paralyzes regions of Mexico City

Mexico City, Mexico — In Veracruz, Puebla, State of Mexico, northern Oaxaca, Hidalgo and Mexico City, heavy rains that resulted in extreme flooding have been recorded. The Secretariat for Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection reported that at least 25 properties were damaged from the storm that began to hit the region Wednesday night.

One of the damaged buildings, one was reported after a massive tree fell, injuring at least one person inside.

Many of the region’s streets were affected including lines of the Mexico City transport system. Authorities report the hardest hit areas were Tlalpan with 67.3 mm and Iztapalapa with 51.31 mm of recorded rainfall. In Martínez de la Torre, Veracruz, 109 liters of water per square meter has been registered.

In the Santa Cruz neighborhood, in the Valle de Chalco area, numerous homes took on water. The heavy rains also left the roof of an IMSS clinic in Puebla collapsed. In Los Reyes la Paz, State of Mexico, the rainwater accumulated enough to cover vehicles. Firefighters and police crews helped to clear the water and lower the flood levels.

The southern and eastern areas of Mexico City were the most affected, paralyzing traffic along the Mexico-Puebla highway by 6:00 p.m.

Red, Orange and Yellow Emergency Alerts were issued throughout the region due to the persistence of the heavy rains which finally ended early Thursday.