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Mahahual homes and businesses affected by continued rains

Mahahual, Q.R. — The mayor of Mahahual says at least 25 homes have been affected by flooding, while the town’s center is also suffering from an overflow of sand and sea water due to the intense rains.

Pedro Marcial Rodríguez, the mayor of Mahahual, says a shelter has been set up to help those affected, adding that Civil Protection elements are also touring areas.

“Since last night, authorities and Civil Protection personnel, both state and municipal, made an appearance. The supplies that have been delivered such as mats and pantries will be of great help to the affected families and we are joining the prevention and care tasks for the population.

“In the neighborhood known as Kilometer 55 we have recorded at least 25 houses that are already flooded and we will be assisting the families that live there to transfer them if necessary to the shelter that is already ready,” he said.

He noted that the Civil Protection tours are permanent in order to be able to verify the conditions in which about 300 families live along the coastal area.

Marcial Rodríguez explained that since early Thursday, heavy machinery from Chetmual was brought in to remove the rubble and sand that has accumulated along the boardwalk as a result of the strong waves where businesses are being affected. He says they have also started repairs on the coastal road from the southern part of Mahahual that water has washed away.

The excess water is from the passing of Front No. 11, which began crossing the region Wednesday. The Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) forecasts the rain will continue throughout Friday with torrential rains of between 150mm to 250mm in 24 hours in Chiapas, Quintana Roo and Tabasco.