Wednesday, November 7, 2007

More rain for inundated Tabasco and Chiapas

Just when it looked like the water was starting to dissipate, more rain has hit the states of Tabasco and Chiapas. There are 500 000 people living in shelters, many have fled the states with nothing more than the shirts on their back. There are fears that bodies will be discovered as the waters recede, though there are no "official" deaths in Tabasco. Apparently 62 babies were born during the worst of the flooding, some on rooftops, some in refugee centers! The decomposing animals and plants are causing a great concern about disease. Two entire states that rely almost entirely on agriculture have lost their crops. In the state of Chiapas a sudden mud slide destroyed a small village, it is covered in earth. It is believed that 16 people did die in that catastrophic event.

This is the worst natural disaster in Mexico's history, affecting more than 2 million people. President Felipe Calderon has pledged 7 billion pesos for the recovery of the states and
charitable organizations are doing their best to take care of people NOW. They certainly could use your help if you have anything to spare, the link will take you to the American Red Cross for directions on how to contribute.

For those of us in Mexico, follow this link: Cruz Roja

For my Canadian friends:
Red Cross Canada Mexico Relief

International Red Cross (contact for details on how to donate specifically to Tabasco): ICRC

The landslide images are horrible, this WAS a village
Villahermosa, Tabasco
Villahermosa, Tabasco
Villahermosa, Tabasco

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