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Local papaya crops wiped out by flooding

Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Q.R. — The heavy rains from two recent back-to-back tropical waves have left parts of the south devastated.

Residents of Felipe Carrillo Puerto are still without electricity, while farmers in Kantunilkin say water-flooded fields have killed animals and wiped out their crops.

Lucio Chuc Sima, president of the papaya producer society in Lázaro Cárdenas says that he has had a total loss in his payapa plantation since the fields remain waterlogged and unsuitable for papaya trees.

“We hope that the evaluation of the tour will qualify for damages to support the farmers who have lost one of the main supporters of the local economy,” he said after Juan Castro Loria, a representative with the papaya producers, toured the area.

The flooding has caused the loss of other plantations including habanero peppers, watermelon and melon, while others have lost young farm animals such as chickens, pigs, rabbits and turkeys.

The Mayan community of Chumpón in the municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto is still underwater and without electricity and fresh water after the passing of the tropical waves nearly a week ago.

More than 300 homes remain affected by the flooding. On Wednesday, public transportation began running services again from Playa del Carmen into the municipality.