October 26, 1999 |
A new surge of flood water in the devastated state of Tabasco has apparently killed six people, officials said, adding to the toll of hundreds who have died in storms over the last month. An estimated 120,000 of the 465,000 residents of the Villahermosa area remained evacuated. Almost incessant rain that began in mid-September has repeatedly flooded coastal communities and filled dams to the bursting point. Local and state officials have now reported at least 404 deaths.
October 24, 1999 |
Authorities opened the gates to an over-capacity dam Saturday, acknowledging that rivers already dangerously high because of weeks of heavy flooding would rise even more. Also Saturday, three more deaths were reported from relentless floods that have killed more than 400 people in southeastern Mexico. The National Water Commission began releasing water from the Penitas dam upstream in the state of Chiapas at 2 a.m. Saturday, a move that officials said would increase river levels by .
October 19, 1999 |
With help slow in arriving to thousands of people cut off by flooding, desperate residents of one village in Hidalgo state stole aid that was intended for other communities, local officials said Monday. The theft occurred Sunday, the same day that President Ernesto Zedillo declared that the "critical phase of the emergency" had ended in the central state and that officials could move on to the next steps of rebuilding.
October 14, 1999 |
The government softened its stand on accepting foreign aid Wednesday as cloudy skies threatened to bring more rain and misery to survivors of more than a week of flooding and mudslides. The government rushed to clarify its position on foreign aid after President Ernesto Zedillo indicated earlier this week that Mexico did not need outside help in dealing with the natural disaster that has hit nine states, killed hundreds and driven more than 200,000 from their homes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1999
Given what they said was a green light by Mexico, relief workers on Wednesday began efforts to aid victims of flooding there. Operation USA announced it had begun collecting medical supplies and other aid that will be shipped to flood victims in southern Mexico. "We've been waiting, and finally got the OK from Mexico that they will accept medical supplies and other forms of relief," said Richard Walden of Operation USA.
October 12, 1999 |
President Ernesto Zedillo acknowledged Monday that many Mexican villages were still desperate for food nearly a week after being devastated by floods, but he chastised politicians who have criticized the government relief effort. "It's simply not fair to take advantage of this tragedy to gain space in a newspaper or TV or radio news show," declared the president, who then donned a red slicker and sloshed through the muddy remains of a shattered neighborhood in Puebla state.