The inland waterlogging disaster in Mexico affects people’s hearts. A few days ago, a short video appeared on the Internet and attracted attention. In the video, a puppy trapped by the flood was very helplessly scratched in a burglar-proof window and was about to drown. At this time, the rescue ship fished up the puppy and saved the puppy’s life.
Hurricane ETA The National Defense Department issued a report on November 9th local time. It reported that hurricane ETA and cold front activities for several days triggered heavy rainfall in southeastern Mexico, causing a sharp rise in river water levels, flooding in some low-lying areas, landslides in many places, and damage to some bridges and roads.
Hurricane Eta Natural disasters such as floods and waterlogging in Mexico have killed at least 27 people and affected more than 180,000 people. This puppy is also a microcosm of thousands of people affected by the disaster.
Mexican President Lopez said on the same day that heavy rainfall once in 50 years in some areas was an “unusual” phenomenon. At present, the federal government has sent thousands of soldiers to the disaster-stricken areas to carry out relief work.
Hurricane ETA The recent hurricane “Eta” began to sweep the coastal areas of many Central America from November 3. After passing through the northern interior of Nicaragua and central Honduras, it reached the Caribbean waters near Mexico.
The waterlogging has been nearly two weeks. Why can’t the waterlogging continue? How can Mexico recover as soon as possible under the double pressure of hurricanes and the coronavirus, including whether the hardest-hit tourism industry can return to normal before the peak tourism season in 2020?
Historically, it is the hardest hit area of inland waterlogging. The strongest hurricane season is coming to an end. Why can’t the flooding in Tabasco state go back?
Looking back, the most affected state of Mexico’s hurricane flooding this time is a state in southeastern Mexico, connecting the Gulf of Mexico in the north and the mountains of Chiapas in the south.
It has historically been the hardest hit area for waterlogging, mainly because the terrain is slightly below sea level. In some areas, cities are surrounded by main rivers. Once the heavy rainfall brought by the hurricane causes the water level to rise. After the embankment breaks down, the precipitation cannot be discharged to the sea normally and quickly. Waterlogging is almost inevitable.
Latin America Hurricane History
Latin America Hurricane History For example, in 2007, successive heavy rains caused the collapse of the dam embankment, causing “the worst flood in 50 years” to the low-lying state of Tabasco.
At that time, it was reported that the Mexican government sent troops to rescue, affecting about 700,000 people, nearly half of whom were currently trapped in their homes. The situation was not It’s often critical.
The then governor said that 100% of the crops were lost, and 70% of the state was submerged. Villahermosa, the state capital, and many towns have turned brown lakes, only the roofs and treetops can be seen.
Heavy rains and inland waterlogging 13 years ago also forced Mexico’s three major oil ports to close to the closure, oil exports were nearly paralyzed, and about one-fifth of oil production was suspended.
Since then, the Mexican government has invested a lot of resources in repiring flood control infrastructure and dredging rivers. It has also built dams in the upper reaches of the city.
Although it still faces the risk of waterlogging every hurricane season, there have been basically no serious inland waterlogging.
All this is until the 2020 hurricane season.
Hurricane ITTA The Mexican media called the 2020 hurricane season the “strongest hurricane season”, and the first hurricane was “Amanda” on May 30, because of the number of hurricanes this year, and the number of named storms is almost twice as many as in previous years.
So much so that the alphabet used to name hurricanes in English has been used up, so meteorologists have to start naming hurricanes in Greek alphabets.
Hurricane Eta, the 28th hurricane of this year, began to sweep the coastal areas of many countries of Central America on November 3. After passing through the northern interior of Nicaragua and central Honduras,
it reached the Caribbean waters near Mexico, killing dozens of people in countries along the way. In Mexico, the hurricane also killed at least 27 people and affected more than 180,000 people. The resulting property damage reached the level of $1 billion.
Unlike the great flood in 2007, this year’s disaster is accompanied by the COVID-19 epidemic, and the recovery of the normal life and work of the local people is slow.
Hurricanes and the double test of the epidemic. Disaster resettlement sites in high-risk environments should prevent concentrated outbreaks of the epidemic.
The reporter of the main station also visited the most affected state of Tabasco. As of the morning of the 11th local time, according to the information released by the Mexican Ministry of Civil Defense, in the state of Tabasco alone, the flood and inlandlogging have killed at least 10 people, affected 150,000 local residents, and many people’s houses have been seriously damaged.
Lightly, it was flooded, and cars flooded by
flooded cars can be seen everywhere in the disaster area.
The reporter of the station observed that after the hurricane crossed the border, the waterlogging caused by heavy rainfall was equally serious, and many residents’ houses were flooded. As of November 20th local time, the hurricane had passed through for nearly two weeks, and the local waterlogging had not subside.
Many people have also been involved in active self-help work. The head of the Mexican Civil Defense Department organized a volunteer team locally to help make sandbags for flood control.
At present, while actively saving themselves to restore the order of production and life in the disaster area, the severe challenge of epidemic prevention and control still exists.
Or the inland waterlogging caused by the hurricane has brought new variables to the local epidemic, which was originally moving towards a stable improvement.
In the current environment where the COVID-19 epidemic in Mexico is still not effectively controlled, this sudden hurricane “Ita”, the inland waterlogging caused by the heavy rainfall from the hurricane, has forced a large number of disaster victims to be resettled.
These places are at high risk of cross-infection of the COVID-19 virus.
Local health officials have set up additional facilities, including medical rooms, isolation rooms, etc., at the site of the settlement, and temperature detection, disinfection and sterilization facilities are set up at the entrance and exit of the settlement.
Inside the settlement, the families of the victims should be separated from each other by at least 2 meters of hygiene and safety, and at the same time Ask the disaster victims to wear masks in the settlement.
General Station visited the temporary settlement
The reporter of the General Station visited the temporary settlement and could see that the government provided the disaster victims with the necessary living materials and sanitary supplies, and the basic livelihood of the victims was guaranteed.
the Mexican Deputy Minister of Health
On the 11th local time, the Mexican Deputy Minister of Health also publicly said that in the next two weeks, there may be a concentrated outbreak and rebound of COVID-19 in the disaster area, and requested to cooperate with the Mexican Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Civil Defense to strengthen health and epidemic prevention.
According to official sources, the President of Mexico also said that from December this year, special government funds will be invested again in many historically frequent flooding areas, including the state of Tabasco, mainly to renovate and upgrade urban underground sewage pipelines, hoping to fundamentally alleviate the local waterlogging problem. Avoid local people suffering from inland waterlogging every year during the hurricane season.
Disaster relief material donation centers have been set up in many places, including the capital Mexico City. Recently, they have also arrived in the disaster area one after another. On the day the station reporter visited the disaster settlement, about 50 tons of disaster relief materials arrived at the scene.Under the impact of more than one million confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, can Mexico’s tourism industry recover quickly after the passage of the hurricane?
On the 14th, Mexican local time, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases exceeded 1 million, and on the following 19th, the number of deaths in the country exceeded 100,000, and the overall epidemic prevention and control situation is still very serious.
Mexico’s tourism industry has been negatively hit by the epidemic, especially in internationally renowned tourist cities such as cancun, and tourism revenue has plummeted.
Mexico in early November
At the same time, Hurricane Ita crossed Mexico in early November, causing damage to the infrastructure of tourist cities, including Cancún.
The local government actively invested in reconstruction and repair, striving to take epidemic prevention and control measures before the
arrival of the peak tourist season in December, prepare to welcome tourists from all over the world, and help
the tourism industry gradually gradually. Recovery.
Located on the northwest coast of the Caribbean Sea, Cancún is recognized as one of the most beautiful beach resorts in the world and the most important tourist destination in Mexico.
According to statistics, Cancún receives 20% of the number of foreign tourists in
Mexico throughout the year, and tourism is the local pillar.
However, many Mexican tourist cities, including this beautiful coastal city, are undergoing the test of the ravaging coronavirus epidemic. Coupled with the fierce attack of Hurricane Ita, although the whole
city has not been completely paralyzed, it will take at least a few weeks for Cancún to return to the status ante and re-enter Mexico. Domestic and foreign tourists.
The reporter of the station interviewed the local people. They said that about 15 days ago, when the hurricane passed, they also went around the hotel area. At that time, including the tourist area, there were many traces of hurricane damage, including falling tiles and debris. Trees were blown off and fell down in the street without having time to clean them,
including The city of Cancún was also seriously affected, and some parts of the power were outages.
tourism in Cancún will gradually return to normal
The local people are confident that tourism in Cancún will gradually return to normal. Although they still need to continue to deal with the problems caused by hurricanes and the epidemic
especially the epidemic part, tourists in the hotel area have been trained in epidemic prevention, including
temperature testing, disinfection and sterilization of the hotel, which are relatively well done.
The reporter of the main station observed that the damaged houses, including the hotel area, have been repaired. At present, it has entered the end of November. The tourist peak season in December is approaching. Then after December 24th, a large number of tourists will flood in. The peak season will continue in February of this year, so Cancún needs it more. Get ready quickly.
At the same time, historically, the region of Cancún has often been affected by hurricanes and heavy rainfall. At present, the epidemic may usher in a second wave of transmission peak. The Mexican government has taken relevant epidemic prevention measures.
The Mexican government has also dispatched the National Guard to Cancún to assist in
the restoration and maintenance of order in the city and try to ensure that the epidemic is in Cancun. There is no concentrated outbreak and rebound in Kun.
It is hoped that the Mexican government’s epidemic prevention and hygiene measures can withstand the severe test of hurricane floods.
Mexican people can safely survive the floods in the epidemic and get out of the
haze of the epidemic as soon as possible. Mexico’s tourism industry can also return to
normal as soon as possible and prepare for the upcoming peak tourism season.