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    Posted September 27, 2013 by
    Cuajinicuilapa, Mexico
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    Rural communities in Mexico still cut off by flood damage

    These photos were taken by Felipe González and Martín Peña, two emergency responders with the international humanitarian organization, World Vision. They show the severe damage wrought by heavy rain and flooding to villages along the banks of the San Pedro and Santa Catarina rivers. On Thursday World Vision responders toured the El Tamarindo community aboard a boat. The area, in the Cuajinicuilapa municipality, is around three hours from Acapulco. Aid has not reached the families there, and inhabitants are completely cut off from help, since the road was destroyed.

    The communities are flooded, with crops destroyed, some cattle washed away.

    Leaders of the village note that they now face economic crisis because the people who live there are engaged in planting for their own consumption, and lost everything with the rain.

    In the meantime, the Government Secretariat announced that “rains will continue in the next 24 hours, strongly in many of the affected areas. September 2013 is now the month with “most rains” in the last 125 years in the Mexico. 250 municipalities have been declared under emergency. Corn and bean crops are flooded and all of the harvest is lost.

    World Vision is helping affected communities with food supplies, tents and Child Friendly Spaces to give children safe places to play.
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