Mexico – Heavy Rain From Hurricane Katia Triggers Deadly Landslides in Veracruz State

The National Civil Protection Coordination in Mexico has declared a state of emergency for 29 municipalities of the state of Veracruz (full name: Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave) after Hurricane Katia made landfall on 09 September, 2017.

Katia dumped around 300 mm of rain in parts of the state, triggering landslides that left 2 people dead.

This visible light image from NOAA’s GOES East satellite shows Hurricane Katia in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 8 at 9:15 a.m. EDT (1315 UTC). Credits: NOAA/NASA GOES Project

Hurricane Katia made landfall as a category 2 hurricane but has since weakened to an area of low pressure and, as of late 09 September, was situated in the north of the state of Puebla. National Civil Protection Coordination are warning that the system is expected to continue to cause very strong to intense rainfall in the east and centre of the country.

Civil Protection reports that almost 300 mm of rain fell in some areas of Veracruz and over 220 mm in parts of Puebla over a 72 hour period. La Ceibilla in Veracruz recorded 231.4 mm in 24 hours on 10 September.

The heavy rain caused rivers to overflow as well as several landslides. Two fatalities were reported after a landslide in Xalapa, Veracruz.

The Cotaxtla river at Paso del Toro and Jamapa at Tejar both exceeded flood stage.

As many as 250 houses were damaged by floods and wind, forcing hundreds to evacuate. Around 400 people remain displaced and are staying in shelters.

Cotaxtla river levels after Hurricane Katia. Image; CONAGUA
Jampana river levels after Hurricane Katia. Image; CONAGUA

Municipalities affected:

  • Alamo Temapache
  • Altotonga
  • Atzalan
  • Benito Juárez
  • Castillo de Teayo
  • Cerro Azul
  • Chicontepec
  • Chumatlán
  • Coahuitlán
  • Coatzintla
  • Coxquihui
  • Coyutla
  • Espinal
  • Filomeno Mata
  • Huayacocotla
  • Ixhuatlán de Madero
  • Jalacingo
  • Martínez de la Torre
  • Mecatlán
  • Perote
  • Poza Rica de Hidalgo
  • Tepetzintla
  • Texcatepec
  • Tihuatlán
  • Tlachichilco
  • Tlapacoyan
  • Zacualpan
  • Zontecomatlán de López y Fuentes
  • Zozocolco de Hidalgo

Flood Summary

Last updated: September 11, 2017
Event
Hurricane Katia, Mexico, September 2017
Date
September 8, 2017
Type
Landslide, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Xalapa
B - Paso del Toro
C - Tejar

Magnitude

Rainfall level
231.4 mm in 24 hours
La Ceibilla, Veracruz - September 10 to September 10, 2017
Rainfall level
252 mm in 24 hours
Azapac, Chiapas - September 10 to September 10, 2017
River level
6.28 metres
Cotaxtla river at Paso del Toro - September 10 to September 10, 2017
Flood stage / max normal level: 6.15 m
River level
7.24 metres
Jamapa at Tejar - September 10 to September 10, 2017
Flood stage / max normal level: 6.70 m

Damages

Fatalities
2 people
Xalapa - September 8 to September 11, 2017

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