2012-06-18 Caribbean-Latin America||SEDENA begins relief efforts in southern Mexico
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By Chris Covert
A total of three deaths and three hurt have been recorded so far in the aftermath of Hurricane Carlotta as the Mexican Army began its preparations for relief efforts, according to Mexican news reports.
The Mexican Secretaria de Defensa Nacional (SEDENA), the controlling agency for the Mexican army announced Sunday that their part in relief efforts would begin in three southern Mexican states affected by Hurricane Carlotta.
According to a news item posted on the website of Informador news daily, the two unidentified young female victims, ages 13 and seven, were killed in a mudslide in their residence in Pluma Hidalgo in Oaxaca.
Accrdoing to a news item on CNN Mexico blog, a third victim identified as Paula Medina Alaves, 56 in San José Manialtepec municipality died when the truck she was riding in was caught by winds and flipped. The driver, said to be her nephew was unharmed.
According to a news item on the website of La Jornada, a railroad bridge collapsed in Loma Bonita municipality Sunday injuring three and destroying six railroad cars. La Jornada also posted in a separate item that power has already been restored to 92 percent of residents and businesses in Oaxaca and Guerrero states.
According to data supplied by the US National Hurricane Center, Carlotta became a hurricane early Friday and made landfall near Puerto Escondido municipality in Oaxaca state with winds of 148 kph (90 MPH) at 2000 hrs Friday night. Saturday morning the storm was downgraded to tropical depression status.
The affected states include Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero. The extend of the damage is uncertain at this point, but concerns are for damage from flooding and mudslides. The effected area mostly consists of dense jungle and mountains.
According to a news item post on the website of El Sol de Mexico news daily, an army command center is expected to be in place at the base of the Mexican 54 Infantry Battalion base in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca.
Additional army units from the Mexican 36th Military Zone are expected to be deployed in Mapastepec Pijijiapan, Tonala and Arriaga municipalities in Chiapas to assist in relief efforts.
Five refugee shelters have been activated in Puerto Escondido, Bajas de Chila, Pinotepa Nacional, Coyante and Pochutla municipalities in Oaxaca state. So far, 334 refugees have appeared in those shelters.
The storm is not expected to have much effect on the G-20 Economic Summit to be held in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur today and Tuesday.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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