Raymond becomes major hurricane as it nears Mexico

October 21, 2013

USA Today, 10/21/2013

hurricaneHurricane Raymond strengthened to a Category 3 storm early Monday and threatened to hurl heavy new rains onto a sodden region of Mexico’s Pacific Coast already devastated by last month’s Tropical Storm Manuel.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the newly formed storm had nearly stalled offshore, about 165 miles west-southwest of Acapulco, and it was expected to move a little closer to the coast by Tuesday before veering back out to sea on Wednesday.

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The Mexico Institute Extends Condolences to Those Affected by Ingrid and Manuel

October 7, 2013

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The Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars offers its deepest condolences and sympathies to those who have lost loved ones or have otherwise been affected by the hurricanes. We extend our solidarity to the Mexican government and to all those carrying-out efforts to help victims.

We are proud to announce that a number of Mexico Institute Corporate Advisory Board members are involved with relief efforts. For more information, please click on the following links: ITAM, Banamex/Citi Bank, J.P. Morgan-Mexico, FEMSA, Latin-America Group Coca-Cola, Grupo Lala, CEMEX, Wal-Mart.

Please visit the Mexican Red Cross website for information on how to make a donation.

Mexican Tycoon Carlos Slim’s Telmex Delivers Tons of Humanitarian Aid To Storm Victims in Mexico

September 25, 2013

Forbes, 9/25/2013

carlos slimTelefónos de México (Telmex), the dominant Mexican fixed-line phone carrier controlled by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, responded to the current national emergency caused  by Tropical Storm Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid with aid for thousands of victims in Mexico.  Telmex said on Monday that it has delivered 114 tons of humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of Mexicans affected by the twin storms in the Gulf and Pacific costs. In 24 of Mexico’s 31 states, towns and cities were flooded, highways and communication lines cut off, and deadly landslides set off.  More than 1 million people have been affected across the country and 50,000 have been evacuated from their homes.

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Mexico to revise 2014 budget after storms, death toll around 115

September 24, 2013

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Reuters, 9/23/2013

Mexico’s Congress will revise its proposed 2014 budget in the wake of some of the worst storm damage in decades, President Enrique Pena Nieto said on Sunday as the death toll from widespread flooding and mudslides rose to some 115.

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Save the date! Happy Hour fundraiser in Washington DC for victims of Ingrid and Manuel

September 23, 2013

dcMXDC is hosting a happy hour fundraiser to support the relief work of the Mexican Red Cross in states affected by storms “Ingrid” and “Manuel.”  More than 100 individuals have lost their lives and the number is expected to rise.

Please save the date – Wednesday September 25, 2013 @ 6:00 PM, location to be determined. RSVP here and invite your friends and family to join us!

100% of the proceeds collected at the happy hour fundraiser will be donated to the Mexican Red Cross.

Can’t go to the happy hour on Wednesday? Donate now! Visit the Mexican Red Cross for details and more donation options.

View invitation here.

The Wreckage of Manuel and Ingrid, Biden’s Visit to Mexico and Continuing Debate on Energy Reform

September 20, 2013

coffee-by-flikr-user-samrevel1The Mexico Institute’s “Weekly News Summary,” released every Friday afternoon summarizes the week’s most prominent Mexico headlines published in the English-language press, as well as the most engaging opinion pieces by Mexican columnists.

What the English language press had to say…

Hurricane Manuel and tropical storm Ingrid were the main Mexico-related stories featured in the press this week. The devastating storms caused floods and landslides on both sides of the country, killing more than 80 people. Isolated areas of Mexico are reporting major damages, and the storms have affected major highways and bridges. Thousands of tourists were stranded in Acapulco for part of the week, and Mexican officials said another 58 people were missing after a massive landslide in the mountains north of Acapulco. The Guardian reported that Manuel is taking a route that could see it make landfall on Mexico’s north-western coast. An article featured in Al Jazeera English stated that political recriminations are underway as the death toll, devastation and economic cost escalate. President Enrique Peña Nieto cancelled his trip to New York, where he was scheduled to attend the UN General Assembly, due to the storms. Read the rest of this entry »

Mexico’s storm devastation raises questions

September 20, 2013

hurricaneAl Jazeera, 9/19/2013

Political recriminations are underway in Mexico as the death toll, devastation and economic cost from two simultaneous storms escalated on Thursday.

At least 80 people have died in 10 states since Sunday amid widespread flooding and landslides caused by Hurricane Ingrid on the Gulf coast and Tropical Storm Manuel on the Pacific coast. It is the first time Mexico has been battered by two tropical storms within 24 hours since 1958.

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Mexico storms: Hurricane Manuel upgraded and near coast

September 19, 2013

osorio chongBBC News, 9/19/2013

US meteorologists say Tropical Storm Manuel, which has battered the south-west of Mexico, has gathered strength and is now a category one hurricane. Hurricane Manuel is now approaching north-western Mexico and threatens more destruction, the US National Hurricane Centre says. Tropical storms Manuel and Ingrid left at least 80 people earlier this week, and another 58 people are missing after the village of La Pintada in Guerrero state was buried in a landslide.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said rescue workers had not yet been able to search for survivors because conditions remained dangerous, with water gushing down the hillside where the collapse had happened.
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Mexico storms: Tourists airlifted from flooded Acapulco

September 18, 2013

BBC News, 9/18/2013

acapulcoMore than 2,000 tourists have been airlifted by the army from the Mexican resort of Acapulco following deadly floods caused by Tropical Storm Manuel. But many more tourists and local residents remain stranded in the city and along the west coast after landslides blocked main roads.

Manuel was almost immediately followed by Hurricane Ingrid, causing widespread devastation in the east of the country. At least 57 people are now known to have died in flooding and landslides. It was the first time since 1958 that two powerful storms hit Mexico within 24 hours.

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Chaos as floods submerge Mexico’s Acapulco, death toll rises

September 18, 2013

Reuters, 9/18/2013

Popocatepetl volcano spews ashMexico’s famous beach resort of Acapulco was in chaos on Tuesday as hotels rationed food for thousands of stranded tourists and floodwaters swallowed homes and cars after some of the most damaging storms in decades killed at least 55 people across the country.

Television footage showed Acapulco’s international airport terminal waist deep in water and workers wading out to escape floods that have prevented some 40,000 visitors from leaving and blocked one of the main access routes to the city with mud.

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