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11/01/2007

Floodwaters swamp Mexican state

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MEXICO

Tens of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes in Mexico where massive floods have swamped much of the south-eastern state of Tabasco.

"We have lost 100% of our crops and 70% of the state is under water," Tabasco's governor said.

Rescuers have been using boats and helicopters to try to reach people stranded on rooftops.

The heavy rains began at the weekend, forcing rivers to burst their banks in the largely low-lying state.

"We are just like New Orleans," Tabasco governor Andres Granier said. "All the water that comes in has to be pumped out."

In Pictures: The Tabasco Floods




Photo Above: A man stands to a flooded street after the Carrizal river burst its banks in Tabasco, in southeastern Mexico, where thousands of homes were flooded after several rivers burst their banks.
Photo: Reuters

Floods Leave Half a Million Mexicans Homeless

Around half a million Mexicans were made homeless and one man died on Wednesday as heavy rains devastated the southern Mexican state of Tabasco and flooded 70 percent of the swampy region.

Television images showed many towns and much of the state capital Villahermosa turned into huge brown lakes with only the tree tops visible above the waterline as floodwaters poured over sand-bagged riverbanks and destroyed crops.

The floods, caused by a cold front that has wreaked havoc with the oil industry along Mexico's Gulf coast, were the worst in the state's history, said Govenor Andres Granier.

"The amount of water is incredible. We have lost 100 per cent of our crops and 70 per cent of the state is under water," Granier told reporters.


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