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Yucatan Flood (2007)

  • By: Emily Wilkinson
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

A low-lying state in the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico, Tabasco is affected by flooding every year. But at the end of October 2007, heavy rain, caused by two cold fronts and the effects of Tropical Storm Noel, produced unprecedented flooding, driving over 100,000 people out of their homes to look for emergency shelter and cutting off thousands more who lived in rural areas. On October 30, the Interior Ministry issued a declaration of emergency for the entire state, prompting a rapid emergency response from government and nongovernment organizations (NGOs).

Eighty percent of the state was flooded, with densely populated areas receiving the most damage. Twenty-two people were killed, and a total of approximately 1.6 million residents were affected. Economic damage caused by the flooding was ...

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