Flooding in Mexico ‘comparable to Hurricane Katrina’

November 3, 2007

Tens of thousands of residents in the Mexican state of Tabasco were still trapped in their houses on Saturday by floods that have put much of the state under water in what President Felipe Calderón called one of the worst natural disasters in recent history.

The Tabasco governor, Andrés Granier, compared the city this week to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and said some 80 percent of the city had been flooded. (link)

Understandably, when one compares any disaster to Hurricane Katrina, the first questions that comes to mind is how many folks died? And what part of the city is no more?

Well as stated above, 80% of Tabasco is under water. President Calderon said, “red-tiled rooftops were all that could be seen of many houses.” And Governor Granier said, “half of the state’s 2 million residents were affected by flooding.” Although only one death is reported, many folks are unaccounted for, and the official death toll hasn’t been released.

Another similarity that supports the titled comparison is that the state of Tabasco is prone to floods, similar to New Orleans. And in a like manner was ill prepared.

Tabasco, which is on a low-lying plain, often suffers from flooding. After the last serious flooding in 1999, the state and federal governments began work on a complex flood-control project, but it was never completed.

Mr. Granier, who is from the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party, pressed Mr. Calderón for a commitment to finish the work. (link)

For official updates visit the state of Tobasco’s Web site. You’ll find more information there on how you can either volunteer or donate for the 800,000 affected.








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