Mexico – Disaster Declared After Deadly Floods in Sinaloa

Mexico’s Ministry of Interior has issued a Disaster Declaration for 11 municipalities in the state of Sinaloa after storms brought heavy rain and severe flooding from 19 September, 2018.

The municipalities covered by the declaration are Ahome, El Fuerte, Choix, Guasave, Sinaloa, Angostura, Salvador Alvarado, Mocorito, Badiraguato, Navolato and Culiacan.

Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional said the severe weather was caused by the passage of Tropical Depression 19-E. Sinaloa Governor, Quirino Ordaz Coppel, said in a statement that 359 mm of rain fell in Los Mochis in 24 hours to 20 September.

Around 60,000 people were left without power and 150,000 affected by interruptions to drinking water supply.

At least three people have died as a result of the severe weather. One person died after being electrocuted from fallen power cables in Los Mochis. Two people drowned after being swept away by flood water in Culiacán. Local media say more people are reported missing.

Damage to homes was reported in Los Mochis, Culiacán and Navolato. Sinaloa’s State Committee for Civil Protection said that 2,336 people were evacuated and were staying in 13 relief shelters.

Schools have been closed and classes suspended at all educational levels in the municipalities of Culiacan, Navolato, Angostura, Mocorito, Salvador Alvarado, Sinaloa, Guasave, Ahome and El Fuerte.

Flood rescue in Sinaloa, Mexico, September 2018. Photo: Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, Mexico

Evacuations in Chihuahua

Further severe weather affected parts of western Mexico, including the states of Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Durango, from 23 September.

Flooding has forced residents to evacuate their homes in the municipalities of Batopilas, Chínipas, Guazapares, Maguarichi, Uruachi and Urique in the state of Chihuahua, according to local media.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: September 25, 2018
Sinaloa and Michoacán, Mexico, September 2018
September 19, 2018
Urban flood, Flash flood
Extreme rainfall
Flooding affected parts of Sinaloa from around 19 September. On 23 September a storm brought torrential rain to the state of Michoacán, causing rivers to overflow. Heavy rain during this period also affected parts of the states of Durango, Sonora, and Chihuahua, where some evacuations were carried out.


A - Los Mochis
B - Culiacán
C - Peribán


Rainfall level
359 mm in 24 hours
Los Mochis - September 19 to September 20, 2018
Sinaloa Governor, Quirino Ordaz Coppel, said in a statement that 359 mm of rain fell in Los Mochis in 24 hours to 20 September.
Rainfall level
58 mm in 24 hours
Peribán - September 23 to September 23, 2018
Conagua said 58 mm of rain fell in 2 hours


3 people
Sinaloa - September 19 to September 24, 2018
Sinaloa - September 19 to September 24, 2018
7 people
Michoacán - September 23 to September 25, 2018
8 people were still missing as of 25 September,