Cleanup time in Los Cabos. Cleanup time on beaches of Los Cabos.

Southern Baja begins post-Lidia cleanup

Los Cabos the hardest hit; 1,000 people lost their homes and belongings

Seven people died and more than 1,000 people lost their homes and all their belongings after tropical storm Lidia struck the Baja Peninsula last Thursday, delivering massive amounts of rain.

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But the cleanup is now well under way.

Residents of the municipality of Los Cabos have begun cleaning up the debris strewn across towns and beaches after a storm that dumped over 400 millimeters of rain, more than twice the annual rainfall, in 24 hours.

Those who lost their homes were for the most part residents of neighborhoods with illegal dwellings, ramshackle structures made of scraps of wood, cardboard and sheet metal.

By day they attempt to salvage whatever is left; at night they return to the shelters where they will remain for the time being.

Beaches remain closed but throngs of volunteers have turned out to help municipal workers to clean them up. As of yesterday they had removed over 500 tonnes of debris.

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The Federal Electricity Commission said more than 67,000 clients were left without power Thursday but service had been restored for 83% of them by last night.

Officials from the federal Secretariat of Agrarian Development and Urban Planning (Sedatu) have declared a state of emergency for all five municipalities in Baja California Sur.

The most severely affected was Los Cabos where more than 50 streets were left covered in sand. An assessment of housing and a census of affected families in Los Cabos is just beginning, Sedatu officials said.

Weather has taken a toll on other regions of the country, though not to the same extent.

In the Tierra Caliente region of Guerrero, over 80 homes were flooded while in Oaxaca an estimated 150,000 people were affected by mudslides and overflowing rivers, and at least 16 towns were cut off.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Universal (sp)

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  • kallen

    The sad thing is so much of the damage could be avoided with just a little bit of planning and forethought. These storms occur pretty much yearly in Baja but Mexico continues to do the same thing year after year – which is pretty much nothing. For example here in Los Barriles where I recorded 14 inches of rain there is free range cattle ranching. The cows and goats roam the town and surrounding hills and eat everything within a 5 mile radius and trample the important desert cryptobiotic crust which serves to reduce erosion and lock-in moisture. I won’t even go into the effects of breathing cow dung which is everywhere and which dries and mixes with the dust and becomes airborne but needless to say everything is denuded and there is nothing to hold the soil together so when this rain came it took the hill sides with it. I counted over 15+ land slides and washouts along a 2 mile stretch of the main road going to La Paz. Both arroyos roads in town washed out along with many others including the road to my casa (heavy cattle use on the road keeps the soil loose). These roads wash out with every storm but yet Mexico rebuilds the same way again and again instead of doing a little channel work and designing better roads and public works that have culverts that can actually handle run-off. Their erosion mitigation is a joke. I’ve seem many flooding culverts pointing up hill – I’m talking civil engineering 101 here! I’m also thinking the civil engineers should be made to pass a competency test like the police and teachers.

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