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Homes flooded, roads washed away as parts of Mexico drenched from passing storms

State of Campeche — Tropical storm Cristobal made landfall Wednesday in Campeche, creating destruction as it arrived with heavy rains causing a red alert in Ciudad del Carmen, Escárcega, Palizada and Candelaria.

The destruction felt by Cristobal was added to the effects left a few days ago by the Tropical Storm Amanda. The head of the Ministry of Civil Protection of Campeche, Édgar Hernández, reported that so far, these weather events have caused only material damage, especially along roadways.

“In the city of Escárcega we have significant flooding in 14 neighborhoods,” he said.

The army evacuated 138 people in Campeche after flood waters threatened houses, while state police reported that several rivers were beginning to overflow. In Tabasco, minor floods were reported in the municipalities of Tenosique, Emiliano Zapata, Jonuta and Balancán, said Governor Adán Augusto López.

In the southern zone of Quintana Roo, the Coordinación Estatal de Protección Civil (COEPROC) reports that more than 1,100 families in four municipalities were affected by the recent heavy rains that fell as Tropical Storm Amanda passed.

The municipalities of Othón P. Blanco, Bacalar, José María Morelos and Felipe Carrillo Puerto suffered severe flooding and roadway washouts due to the passing of the storm. Adrián Martínez Ortega of Coeproc, says that the governor has ordered support for those affected.

The Secretary of the Navy made a flyover to verify the damage, while another was made to provide pantries to those most effected. Martínez Ortega said that the National Meteorological Service reported that very heavy rainfalls of more than 130 millimetres in a few hours, were experienced in some areas.

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression Cristobal is forecast to re-emerge over the southern Gulf of Mexico Friday, after which, it will move northward toward Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle for the weekend, bringing with it a risk of storm force winds.