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Rescuers come to the aid of flood victims in Progreso

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Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
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Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal and representatives from Mexico’s armed forces inspect the damage caused by several days of heavy rain. Photo: Courtesy

Yucatán’s state government has set up temporary shelters for dozens of families whose homes have flooded after several days of intense rain

Flooding has also affected several businesses, roads, and public parks. 

“First of all, we have to make sure that everyone is accounted for and safe. We will then be able to work with the city to drain the water and help Progreso get back on its feet,” said Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal.

Large tankers are deployed in Progreso’s Fraccionamineto La Cienega in an attempt to clear out floodwaters.

The governor also enlisted aid from the Mexican armed forces, who carried out emergency operations.

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This week’s heavy rains also caused flooding in several other communities across the Yucatán Peninsula, but widespread damage has not been reported. 

The storm system which has been sitting just off the Gulf of Mexico has continued to intensify, but meteorologists are predicting that it will move north, away from the Peninsula.

Residents of Yucatán are hoping for a milder storm season than in 2020, which kicked off with record-breaking rains brought on by tropical storm Cristobal.

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