Mexico – Tropical Storm Cristobal Triggers Floods in South

Severe weather brought by Tropical Storm Cristobal in Mexico has affected the states of Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Yucatán, Tabasco and Campeche.

Floods in the state of Yucatan, Mexico 03 June 2020 after heavy rain from Storm Cristobal. Photo: Government of Yucatan

Cristobal made landfall near Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche state on 3 June and is expected to move slowly along the Mexican coastline until moving back over the Gulf of Mexico in the coming days.

Heavy rainfall was reported in Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche and Yucatán. Governor of Yucatán, Mauricio Vila Dosal, said the state has seen 25% of its average annual rainfall in the last 72 hours.

Mexico’s Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN) reported 328.9mm of rain in a 24 hour period to 03 June in El Carmen, Campeche. San Pedro in Tabasco recorded 222.4mm and Finca Hamburgo in Chiapas 220.8mm during the same period.

In the state of Yucatán, flooding was reported in Tekax and Yaxcabá municipalities. Hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes in affected areas and also the coastal towns of Celestún and Sisal.

Heavy rain also caused flooding in Hopelchén and Carmen municipalities in Campeche, resulting in more evacuations. Several roads in the state have been closed as a result of flooding.

Some flooding was also reported in the state of Tabasco, with evacuations in Centla municipality. Rain also triggered several landslides in Chiapas State. local media reported 1 person died when a tree was uprooted by strong winds.

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