Storms Rain on Mexico’s Budding Second-Half Recovery

September 26, 2013

PENA NIETO-OSCAR NARANJOThe Wall Street Journal, 9/25/2013

The widespread flooding and damage caused by two major storms that hit Mexico this month came just as the country’s economy was showing signs of recovering from a dismal first half of the year, threatening to put another dent in the country’s growth.

The government has yet to quantify the damage caused when Tropical Storm Manuel hit the Pacific coast and Hurricane Ingrid landed on the Gulf coast, but Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said it’s certain to exceed the $1 billion the government has in its natural disaster fund and insurance against catastrophes. The official said it was too early to talk of effects on economic growth.
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Mexico’s storms: Should governments put emphasis on climate change prevention?

September 26, 2013

hurricaneThe Christian Science Monitor, 9/24/2013

A week after twin storms pounded Mexico’s Pacific and Gulf coasts, questions are swirling as to how the floods, landslides and overall devastation from the rains could have been prevented.

Many point to the need for better advance planning: flood prevention, building code enforcement, and political capital to plan for the long term, among other measures that may have helped curb the damage and minimize the still-climbing death toll.

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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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Big storms hit Mexico from opposite directions; at least 21 dead in mudslides, floods

September 16, 2013

cuidad juarezThe Washington Post, 9/16/2013

The remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel continued to deluge Mexico’s southwestern Pacific shoulder with dangerous rains while Hurricane Ingrid weakened to a tropical storm after making a Monday landfall on the country’s opposite coast in an unusual double onslaught that federal authorities said had caused at least 21 deaths.

The heaviest blow Sunday fell on the southern coastal state of Guerrero, where Mexico’s government reported 14 confirmed deaths. State officials said people had been killed in landslides, drownings in a swollen river and a truck crash on a rain-slickened mountain highway.

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