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Thousands trapped in Mexico floods

Residents of Villahermosa, the capital of the state of Tabasco, are rescued by the Mexican Navy. Rescuers have worked on rescuing hundreds of thousands of people trapped by the worst floods ever recorded in Mexico's southern state of Tabasco, with more than one million resident affected.(AFP/Gilberto Villasana)

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Crisis called one of the country's worst ever disasters

Thousands of people have been trapped in their homes in Mexico by the worst floods to ever hit the south of the country.

More than one million residents have been affected by the floods in the southern state of Tabasco, which is the size of Belgium and is now 80% underwater.

Officials expect more rain in the coming days. The state's governor has said that 'New Orleans was small' in comparison to the floods.


Mexico fears disease outbreak from flood

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico - Military trucks hauled bottled water, food and clothing to Mexico's flooded Gulf coast Friday as rescue workers in helicopters and boats worked furiously to retrieve thousands of victims stranded on rooftops.

With flooding across nearly all of the Gulf coast state of Tabasco and food and drinking water scarce, health officials warned against epidemics of cholera and other waterborne diseases.

An estimated 900,000 people had their homes flooded, damaged or cut off, and as of Thursday 300,000 still had not been rescued, Tabasco Gov. Andres Granier said. Police, soldiers and military workers were still trying to reach them.

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