Severe weather has affected three states in Mexico, causing flooding and leaving at least 2 people dead.
On 03 November severe flooding struck in the municipalities of Altamira, Ciudad Madero and Tampico in Tamaulipas state. Since then flooding has also been reported in parts if the states of Veracruz and Chihuahua, where two people are thought to have died as a result.
In Tamaulipas, Mexico’s Interior Ministry declared an emergency, allowing the state government access to federal funds to assist those affected.
Some local media reports said that 20,000 homes have been damaged in Tamaulipas. At one point, flood water was as deep as 1.4 metres in Ciudad Madero. Vehicles were swept away and buildings left severely damaged. The navy was called in to carry out flood rescues and evacuations.
Protección Civil del Estado de Tamaulipas said earlier today that a channel of low pressure is expected to continue bringing moderate to heavy rainfall to some areas of the state.
The severe weather reached Chihuahua 04 November. Homes and roads have been damaged by flooding and hail storms.
Local media report that an elderly woman drowned in her home and another person drowned after being swept away by flood waters. Both fatalities occurred in Ciudad Juárez.
Visiting affected areas in Ciudad Juárez, state Governor Javier Corral said that the government is likely to request an emergency declaration from the federal government.
The severe weather caused a bridge to collapse in Catemaco, Veracruz, leaving around 6,000 people cut off.
— Débora Estrella (@Deb_Estrella) November 3, 2016
— CONAGUA Clima (@conagua_clima) November 4, 2016
— Meteoro Tamaulipas (@MeteoroTamps) November 4, 2016
— Roberto Uriel (@Roberto_INFO7) November 4, 2016
B - Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas (Mexico)
C - Tampico, Tamaulipas
D - Catemaco, Veracruz (Mexico)
Tamaulipas - November 3 to November 6, 2016
Ciudad Juárez - November 4 to November 5, 2016