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Relief efforts continue as new storm on way

Nine communities remain accessible only by helicopter

A new tally has been made of the damage caused by tropical storm Beatriz a week and half ago in Oaxaca just as another one is on the way.

Tropical depression Three-E, located 120 kilometers east-southeast of Puerto Ángel at 10:00am CDT today, is expected to become a tropical storm later today and bring more rain.

The government of Oaxaca has reported that along with seven confirmed deaths, Beatriz left at least 300,000 people directly affected in 127 municipalities and damaged 47% of the state’s road infrastructure, including six bridges and four federal highways.

Of the 12 shelters opened to receive people affected by the rains, flooding and mudslides, seven are still open and serving some 400 families.

The Army continues to operate 12 community kitchens for storm victims.

Over a week after the storm’s landfall, and despite the efforts of the three levels of government, there are still nine towns and communities that can only be reached by air, severely hindering the shipment of food, drugs and water to thousands of people.

Army General Alfonso Duarte Mujica reported that so far 40 tonnes of food have been distributed through airlifts, while a similar amount is being kept in storage, in case of future needs.

Over 1,600 Army and Navy officials have been deployed to the state, performing disaster relief activities as part of the Army’s DN-III protocol.

The state has warned that the statistics could worsen because the airlift being carried out by three helicopters — has only been able to reach the more densely populated areas.

Governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa said neither the state of emergency nor the airlift will cease until land communication is reestablished to all the affected communities.

State authorities are still waiting for the federal government to make a disaster declaration for the release of additional funds needed for rebuilding.

According to a tropical cyclone warning issued this morning by the National Meteorological Service (SMN), tropical depression Three-E is expected to become a tropical storm and touch land somewhere between Huatulco and Salina Cruz later today.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for an area between Boca de Pijijiapan in Chiapas and Punto Maldonado in Guerrero, and 13 to 25 centimeters of rain are forecast for Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero, with up to 50 centimeters in some areas.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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