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04 February 2010 @ 09:45 pm
Mexico Flooded  
I just spent a good hour watching the Mexican news feed on satellite TV and virtually the entire time was spent on the flooding in central Mexico. Seriously, the entire center of the entire center of the country is starting to look like New Orleans during Katrina. It's horrible. The water level has reached 1.5 meters in many areas. In Michoacan, which is my home state and which full of lakes, damns, rivers, and smallers streams, is also full of hills and mountains and there are towns that are covered in mud. Three kids already died because a mudslide tore their house down during dinnertime.

Its horrible, and besides the damn sadness that all the despair of the brings to me, there are two things that piss me off.

1) I wanted to post a link from a reliable news source in English, so that you could all read a proper piece on the subject, but I couldn't find a damn thing that truly expresses whats going on. Granted, its also hard to find an accurate account of the flooding and logistical breakdown thanks to bribery by European and American tourists in Machu Pichu, so I guess that, at least, shouldn't make me left out, right?

2) The anchorman on the news kept mentioning how the Mexican infrastructure was so horrible that it led to all this, and how the politicians are just going to put all their blame, back on mother nature. See the thing is, I'm the first to say most of the Mexican government is one big ball of fucking corruption. It simply is, but, and this is a big but, Mexico DOES NOT generally get much, IF ANY, rain in the winter. Mexico gets rain from tropical storms and hurricanes IN THE SUMMER. This is well known, and the best to do maintenance on the sewer systems and drainage whatever-they're-called is when its dry, and aren't drowning under the rain filled passages. So yeah, when the government says the lack of draining of rain water from the streets was due to maintenance on the infrastructure, I'm gonna believe them, 'cause hey, it makes sense.

And hey, never in my life have I seen Mexico suffer so much continuous rain in winter, and according to my dad, who's all of 60, he hasn't either. So yeah, Mexico wasn't ready for it.

On the plus side, we do see that Mexicans do end up helping each other out during times of crisis. The bus drivers out of a particular city decide, out of their own free will, to ferry people out of a badly flooded are, free of charge, and also make house calls to people stuck in their homes.

I know everyone right now is very invested in Haiti, myself included, but I do ask that you keep Mexico in your thoughts as well.

Thank you.
Current Mood: worriedworried
w0rld4vampsw0rld4vamps on February 5th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
dude.. I had no idea this was going on at all.. this is what I get for not watching the news and only gathering info from the aol opening web page (which is all about the ball game and the grammys) and the occasional times I turn on NPR which usually talks about things over seas and far off from the main stories (aka Haiti and This) my parents haven't even said anything yet.. or maybe they have but to each other.. shit.. I need to see if it's affected my spread out family.. most of them are in D.F. Jalisco and Queretaro/Guanajuato.. if not Tijuana, Baja CA N&S and Monterey.. ah shit.
Lupe: Preparechocmarsh on February 5th, 2010 06:15 am (UTC)
I don't blame you for not knowing, like, I didn't even know until I my dad called me in to look at the news. Then I started looking for info online and found AP and BBC didn't have anything yet. I only listen to NPR for its cultural stuff really, everything else I look for in BBC or the local news outlets of wherever it is I'm looking at. It's the only way I can get an unbiased story.

Actually, Michoacan, Jalisco, Guanajuato (but mostly to the north of Celaya), Edo. de Mexico, and el D.F. are the hardest hit by hte flooding. Firefighters are actually having to ferry some people into/out of the airport. Zacatecas got their second snow fall in the season, which should tell you something about the weather down there.

The only reason I don't worry about my family is that the lake we live next to is dry, thanks to drought, and we're on a higher elevation than the lake by a few feet, with enough of an incline for the water to flow down to the lake, but not near enough the closest hills to worry about mudslides.
Kimhammil77 on February 5th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
That is so awful. I had no clue this was happening. The only thing I seem to keep hearing here is about Haiti. I even checked a few of the news channels just to see and there's not a thing on Mexico. I hope it'll get coverage soon though. With something like this the more people that know, the more people that can help.
Lupe: Alonechocmarsh on February 5th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
I didn't even know about it until my dad mentioned it to me, but yeah, I'm hoping it starts getting more coverage soon.
chaosmanor on February 5th, 2010 10:46 am (UTC)
I had to look hard to find any coverage.

The deaths from the flooding, and the suffering and displacement people are enduring are heartbreaking.
Lupechocmarsh on February 5th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was dissapointed I couldn't find anything easily.

And thank you, it means a lot that you took the time to look. :)