Mexico – Deadly Floods After Heavy Rain From Tropical Storm Narda

At least two people have died and one is missing after Tropical Storm Narda moved north along Mexico’s Pacific coast.

On Sept. 29 the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of Tropical Storm Narda along Mexico’s western coast. Credit: NASA Worldview

Narda made landfall in Oaxaca on Saturday 28 September, 2019, bringing heavy rain and strong winds. Puerto Ángel in the municipality of San Pedro Pochutla recorded 206.6mm of rain in 24 hours to 29 September.

Local media reported that a man was swept away by flood waters in the municipality of San Pedro Mixtepec. Another person died after he was swept away by flooding in San Jeronimo.

Oaxaca Civil Protection said that the Verde river broke its banks flooding areas of Santa Catarina Yosonotú municipality. Evacuations were carried out in Santa María Huazolotitlán municipality. Buildings were damaged or destroyed after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Santa Catarina Juquila.

Parts of Guerrero state also saw heavy rain and flooding, with buildings and vehicles reportedly damaged in Acapulco, where 130.4mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 30 September.

Flooding and storm damage was reported in the municipalities of Zihuatanejo de Azueta, Igualapa, Ometepec, Juan R. Escudero, Tlapa and Tixtla. Civil Protection in the state said that 9 shelters were set up to house people affected by the storm. As of 01 October there were over 230 people staying in the shelters.

In Jalisco State, Civil Protection said that over 400 people were evacuated from coastal areas as a precaution. Emergency teams rescued several people from floods in Cihuatlán after the Marabasco river overflowed.

The Yelpa river in the town of Yelapa, Cabo Corrientes, broke its banks, leaving the town isolated. One man is reportedly missing after being swept away by the flood water.

Floods in Oaxaca, Mexico, September after heavy rain from Storm Narda. Photo: Oaxaca Civil Protection
Landslide in Oaxaca Mexico, September 2019 after rain from storm Narda. Photos: Oaxaca Civil Protection

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