Mexico – Deadly Floods in Tamaulipas, Further Warnings for Severe Storms

Flooding has affected 18,000 people in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico. Local media report that at least 2 people have died.

Areas of the state recorded heavy rainfall between 26 and 29 September. The Corona river overflowed. Around 200 families were left isolated after roads were blocked in the municipalities of Güémez and Hidalgo as a result.

Further intense rainfall was recorded in the state on 01 October, with 245 mm of rain falling in Altamira, 120 mm in Tampico and 66 in Madero in a short period of time, according to the state’s civil protection authority.

Severe flooding has affected the municipalities of Nuevo Laredo, Madero, Altamira and Tampico. The state’s Ministry of Social Welfare reported that the heavy rains had caused flooding in just over 40 communities in total, and said it is “working without rest to provide food, medical, housing and education needs in affected areas.”

Relief centres for those displaced have been set up and food distributed. The secretary of social welfare, Gerardo Peña Flores, along with mayors of Tampico, Altamira and Madero visited some of the affected areas on 01 October.

Floods in Madero, Tamaulipas, Mexico October 2017. Photo: City of Madero / Civil Protection
Floods in Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico October 2017. Photo: City of Altamira / Civil Protection
Floods in Altamira, Tamaulipas, Mexico October 2017. Photo: City of Altamira / Civil Protection

Further Warnings

However, Mexico’s meteorological service (Servicio Meteorológico Nacional – SMN) warned on 04 October that Tropical Depression Ramon and an area of low pressure are likely to bring storms, strong winds and heavy rains across wide areas of the country over the coming days, including Tamaulipas.

SMN said “torrential storms in Guerrero, Oaxaca and Veracruz, and intense storms in Hidalgo, Puebla, Michoacán and Chiapas…very strong storms are also forecast in Nuevo León, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí, Querétaro, Jalisco and Colima.”

Warnings for heavy rainfall in Mexico, October 2017. Image: SMN / CONAGUA

Rainfall

04 October

  • El Barretal Uno, Tamaulipas – 108.5mm

02 October

  • Tampico, Tamaulipas – 211 mm

01 October

  • Altamira – 245 mm
  • Tampico – 120 mm
  • Madero – 66 mm