- Title: MEXICO: Residents continue clean-up following onslaught of Hurricane Karl
- Date: 22nd September 2010
- Summary: BOCA DEL RIO, VERACRUZ, MEXICO (SEPTEMBER 21, 2010) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FLOODED NEIGHBOURHOOD VEHICLE SUBMERGED IN FLOOD WATER MORE OF FLOODED HOME VARIOUS OF FURNITURE ON ROOF TOP (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FLOOD VICTIM, JOSE LAZARO VIVEROS, SAYING: "Right now trying to rescue wooden furniture here and stay here tonight to look after our belongings because we have heard it's not safe." BOY ON BOAT VEHICLES SUBMERGED IN FLOODED STREETS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FLOOD VICTIM, NARDA MANCILLA, SAYING: "We are taking turns here because there have been two or three burglaries in Arboledas. There is no one in Floresta, not a single person, no one supports us and we've been inside our flooded homes for three days." ===QUALITY AS INCOMING=== RESCUED RESIDENTS ON BOARD TRUCK RESCUED RESIDENTS DESCENDING FROM TRUCK NAVY PERSONNEL LOOKING ON VARIOUS OF PEOPLE IN SHELTER FLOODED SUPERMARKET BOY FLOATING ON WOODEN BOARD GENERAL VIEW OF SWOLLEN RIVER
- Embargoed: 7th October 2010 13:00
- Location: Mexico
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes,Weather
- Reuters ID: LVACIT8G1UX0WLCB3YD8XK27F5YB
- Story Text: Residents in the state of Veracruz continued to clean-up on Tuesday (September 21) as heavy storms raged across the country days after Hurricane Karl killed 15 people.
In Boca del Rio, a city and municipality in the centre of the state, just south of the Mexican port city of Veracruz, residents in the neighbourhood La Floresta, demanded aid and security to guard their belongings.
Neighbours here took turns to guard the area on boat. Some placed their furniture on rooftops to keep it safe and dry.
"Right now trying to rescue wooden furniture here and stay here tonight to look after our belongings because we have heard it's not safe," said flood victim, Jose Lazaro Viveros.
Vehicles remain submerged in some streets while residents complain no one has come to their aid.
"We are taking turns here because there have been two or three burglaries in Arboledas. There is no one in Floresta, not a single person, no one supports us and we've been inside our flooded homes for three days," said flood victim, Narda Mancilla.
Parts of Mexico are enduring their worst rainy season on record which has triggered heavy flooding and forced thousands of people from their homes in the low-lying southeast.
Exacerbating the situation, the state electricity monopoly has had to open up several hydroelectric dams in the region to relieve pressure.
Thousands of families who have lost their belongings and were still staying at shelters in the state or with relatives.
"We are fine but feel sad because we lost everything. We bought things with a lot of sacrifice and now we don't have anything, only the shelter here and the help we are receiving with food," said flood victim, Francisco Lopez.
Hurricane Karl made landfall last Friday (September 17) near the port city of Veracruz on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, inundating several communities and triggering deadly landslides in mountainous areas. Emergency workers blamed another three deaths on the storm on Tuesday, lifting the death toll to 15.
Mexico is also bracing for the arrival of Tropical Storm Georgette, which is expected to slam into the southern tip of Baja California, home to the famous Cabo San Lucas beach resort, later on Tuesday.
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