Earlier this week the Interior Ministry in Mexico declared emergency status for 18 municipalities in the state of Veracruz that were affected by floods, heavy rain and hailstorms.
The severe weather struck between 25 and 27 March 2015. At least 7 people were killed and 100s made homeless. While some areas, such as Cordoba, were being hit by intense hail, others, such as Atzalan, were waist-high in flood water after heavy rain had caused flash flooding and local rivers overflowed.
Declaring a state of emergency will allow Veracruz state government access to financial resources of the “Fund for Emergency Response” through the Ministry of Interior. The state government will then provide assistance to flood victims in the 18 affected municipalities. According to the government statement, the municipalities are:
Agua Dulce, Chalma, Chiconamel, Chicontepec, Coatzacoalcos, Huatusco, Ixhuatlán Southeast, Jesus Carranza, Las Choapas, Martinez de la Torre, Minatitlan, Moloacán, Nanchital, Papantla, Plato Sánchez , Poza Rica, San Andrés Tuxtla and Sochiapa.