Mexico – Hundreds of Homes Damaged by Floods in Veracruz

Civil Protection in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, reported on 13 May that severe weather brought flooding, landslides and wind damage which had affected at least 14 municipalities in the state.

Severe weather in Veracruz, Mexico, May 2021. Photo: Civil Protection Veracruz

The severe weather was brought by a cold front. Strong winds downed trees and heavy rain triggered flooding and landslides. Mexico’s Comisión Nacional del Agua (CONAGUA) reported more than 150 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 13 May in areas near Martinez De la Torre municipality.

According to state Civil Protection, the worst affected areas include the municipalities of Xalapa (1,485 people affected, 6 people rescued, 298 homes damaged); Tamalín (100 homes damaged); Espinal (163 homes damaged, 80 families evacuated); Martinez De la Torre (30 homes damaged); Emiliano Zapata (30 homes damaged).

Querétaro and Mexico State

Flash flooding has affected areas central Mexico over the last week.

Flooding struck areas west of Mexico City on 09 May, in particular the municipality of Metepec, State of Mexico, prompting flood rescues and causing damage to homes. Other affected areas included Toluca, Lerma and San Mateo Atenco.

Heavy rain caused flooding in the Municipality of Querétaro, Querétaro state, on 10 May 2021. Twenty-two homes and over 20 vehicles were damaged.

Heavy rain and some flooding was reported in the municipalities of Ixtapaluca, Chalco, Los Reyes La Paz and Tlalmanalco in eastern State of Mexico from 12 May 2021.