Vehicles trapped in flood waters in Madero. Vehicles trapped in flood waters in Madero.

Thousands affected by rains in Tamaulipas

Heavy rainfall struck Ciudad Juárez today, leaving two dead

Harsh weather conditions began Thursday in Tamaulipas with torrential rains that later moved into Veracruz and yesterday into Chihuahua, causing severe flooding and leaving two people dead.

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Authorities were conducting a census of the damage today in the Tamaulipas municipalities of Tampico, Madera and Altamira following heavy rains that began Thursday morning, flooding homes and other buildings and stranding vehicles in flood waters more than a meter deep.

In one neighborhood of Madero flood waters were as deep as 1.4 meters and homes were inundated with water that was waist-high.

The Interior Secretariat issued a declaration of emergency, freeing funds to aid some 35,000 people estimated to have been affected. Civil Protection officials estimate that more than 20,000 homes were damaged.

Many roads were damaged, power lines were down and there were worries that more sinkholes such as those seen in recent weeks, practically swallowing up vehicles, would appear.

In Ciudad Juárez today authorities were planning to seek the declaration of a disaster area after heavy rain and hail damaged homes, businesses and vehicles and urban infrastructure.

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Many houses were flooded with water up to the waist while many streets were converted to rivers in which automobiles were swept along by the current.

An elderly woman drowned in her home and another person drowned after being swept away by flood waters.

The collapse of a bridge in Catemaco, Veracruz, left 6,000 people cut off. The mayor of Catemaco said the three-year-old structure was damaged during heavy rains in September but federal authorities had not carried out repairs despite a request from the municipality.

Source: Excélsior (sp), Milenio (sp), Reforma (sp)

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