Rainfall of up to 80 millimeters flooded several streets and a hospital yesterday in Mexico City, triggering a yellow alert in half of the city’s 16 boroughs.
The Xoco general hospital reported flooding during the deluge though no patients had to be evacuated.
The water department reported that at least 17 principal streets were flooded, and had to be closed temporarily to traffic.
Meanwhile, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) issued an alert for several states that will be affected category 1 Hurricane Hilary.
Although located well off the Pacific coast, the hurricane’s effects were severe enough for the SMN to issue a yellow alert in the state of Oaxaca, where heavy rainfall from other recent storms has severely damaged highway infrastructure. The alert takes in 32 municipalities in the Coast and Isthmus regions.
Weather conditions will complicate the search for a tourist from the state of México who fell from a waterfront walkway in Puerto Escondido on the weekend. The 37-year-old and his 11-year-old son were swept off the walkway by a wave. The boy survived but his father disappeared.
There is also a search under way for six people aboard a fishing boat. They left Puerto Escondido Saturday morning but failed to return at noon as planned.
In Guerrero, the state Civil Protection office reported landslides caused by heavy rains and damage to homes by high winds due to the passing of Hurricane Hilary. At least 51 houses lost their roofs due to the winds.
Floodwaters in Colima dragged off three vehicles but their occupants were rescued unscathed.
Heavy rainfall in Sonora caused several landslides along federal highway No. 2, triggering an alert.
Source: Milenio (sp)