Mexico – 7 Dead, 8 Missing After Flash Floods in Michoacán

At least 7 people have died and 8 are missing after flash flooding in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, on 23 September 2018.

Last week heavy rain and flooding affected the states of Durango, Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa, where at least 3 people died.

In Michoacán, 58 mm of rain fell in Peribán in the space of 2 hours, according to Mexico’s Comisión Nacional del Agua (Conagua). The torrential rain caused the Cutio river to overflow.

Flood water swept through areas of the municipality of Peribán, in particular the districts of Tirinditas and Río Negro.  Cars, trees, mud and debris were dragged cars along streets. At least 100 homes were damaged.

Flood waters reached a height of over 1.5 metres according to officials. Conagua said the flooding was worsened by blockages in the river.

Mexico’s Ministry of the Interior has declared an emergency for the municipality of Peribán. State Police, the federal army, civil protection and local authorities have been deployed to carry out relief and cleaning operations. Searches will continue for the missing people.

flood damage in Periban, Michoacan, Mexico, September 2018. Photo; Government of Michoacan
flood damage in Periban, Michoacan, Mexico, September 2018. Photo; Government of Michoacan

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