Mexico explains decision to flood poor, Indigenous areas

11/16/2020

ABC News

MEXICO CITY — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he had to face a tough decision on whether to allow a big city to be flooded, or to direct excess water to poorer, more sparsely populated Indigenous areas. The president, whose slogan has always been “the poor come first,” chose the latter.

“It hurts me a lot,” López Obrador said, while noting “there would have been a lot more people affected” had the city of Villahermosa been flooded. He promised to drag river channels and reduce the focus on hydroelectric power production at a dam whose outflow contributed to the problem.

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