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Front No. 13 continues to cause flooding in southern region

Chetumal, Q.R. — Civil Protection reports more than 110 mm of rain has fallen in the south and central portion of the state since the arrival of Front No. 13. Over the past four days, Adrián Martínez Ortega of Civil Protection says 112 millimeters of rain has fallen in some areas.

He says this rainfall has generated a continued monitoring of the Rio Hondo, adding that in the state’s capital city of Chetumal, nine areas have been closed due to flooding. Martinez Ortega reports 112 mm of rain has fallen in Banco Chinchorro, 85 mm in Chetumal, 84 mm in Xcalak, 56 mm in Nicolás Bravo, 31 mm in Mahahual and 25 mm in La Unión.

Large stones have fallen onto roadways due to the heavy rains

While the Río Hondo remains under continued surveillance, the heavy rains have caused the loosening of stones that fallen onto roadways, hindering the flow of traffic on road sections of the Ribera del Río Hondo.

In Bacalar, there are floods in some communities located along the border with Campeche. Authorities are monitoring the roads that connect Miguel Alemán and Río Verde since the only bridge remains washed out.

On Saturday, municipal authorities were forced to evacuate 30 fishermen from the island of María Elena in the coastal area of Felipe Carrillo Puerto. Municipal Civil Protection director, Luis Alfonso Pérez Maldonado, said fishermen from the community of María Elena arrived via two patrols and a unit of the Civil Protection coordination, noting that the road to Punta Herrero is severely damaged with flooding and fallen trees.

Although Civil Protection does not report significant damage, the agency says that the rains are forecast to last another 24 hours.

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