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article imageHurricane Karl, heavy rains, ravaged Mexican state of Veracruz

By Igor I. Solar     Sep 20, 2010 in World
Veracruz - Sixteen people are dead and about half a million are affected or displaced as a result of Hurricane Karl in Mexico were reported to President Calderón at a damage assessment meeting in Veracruz today.
President Felipe Calderón toured some of the affected municipalities in the Mexican state of Veracruz hit by hurricane Karl on Friday and early Saturday. The strong winds were followed by heavy rains since Saturday, causing several rivers to burst their banks generating severe floods. Worse affected were the Jamapa and Cotaxtla rivers which flooded several municipalities in their courses.Thousands of homes were destroyed reported Diario Imagen de Veracruz (in Spanish)
The number of deaths caused by the hurricane increased to 16, including 12 in the state of Veracruz, two victims in the central state of Puebla, one in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. The authorities said that in addition to those persons killed, several more are missing. In addition, the state authorities estimate at least 500,000 people were affected by the heavy rains and floods. "We are concerned about the affected families, people are still missing, lots of families, thousands of families from Veracruz have lost their belongings, they have witnesses the floods destroying their homes," said Calderón according to El Nuevo Herald (in Spanish).
The priority of the authorities will be to provide food, drinking water, medicines and basic necessities to those affected.
The destruction caused by winds and floods is being aggravated by looting of small businesses reported in communities near Veracruz. The authorities have detaining 11 looters so far and have ordered extra security personnel in an attempt to keep order.
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