TULA, Mexico — Two days after flooding north of Mexico’s capital killed at least 14 people, the streets of Tula remained inundated Thursday as full reservoirs up the river continued to release more water.
Mexican officials say heavy rains in central Mexico in recent days have filled the region’s reservoirs to their capacity, forcing the release of water that has only added to the crisis downstream in places like Tula.
Residents who could reach their homes wrapped their feet in plastic bags and dragged waste furniture, equipment, paintings and other items into piles across the street. A dull gray clay coated everything.
“It’s a total loss of everything, all the furniture,” said Marielena Sánchez Pastrana. “Apparently, we are all healthy, thank goodness.”
Late on Wednesday, Hidalgo government Omar Fayed and other local officials urged people in Tula and other vulnerable areas to quickly move to higher ground as more water was coming from the reservoirs above.
The Governor visited the affected communities on Thursday. In Tula the damage was largely to businesses and homes, while in Tepezi del Río, Fayed said most of the destruction was in crop losses.
“The families in the Tula region are not alone,” Fayed said via Twitter. “We are focusing our efforts on people in this emergency due to a natural phenomenon. Appropriate inquiry will be conducted to improve the protocol and avoid recurrence of this tragedy.”
According to hospital officials, at least 14 people died after water flooded the Social Security Institute hospital in Tula in the early hours of Tuesday. Initially, two other deaths were attributed to the hospital, but health officials said they were patients who died shortly before the floods from other causes.
At that time there were 54 patients in the hospital. The head of Mexico’s Social Security Institute, Zoe Robledo, said on Wednesday that the power outage occurred around midnight and at 3 a.m. over a period of about 20 minutes, the water level rose sharply, shutting down the hospital’s emergency generator.
“Unfortunately, neither the directors of the hospital nor the heads of medical benefits nor the IMSS delegation in Hidalgo were informally nor formally warned about the incident and its potential,” Robledo wrote in a video. Said in the message.
by Gerado Carrillo and Marco Ugarte
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times