Heavy rains, flooding batter Mexico

Villahermosa (Mexico), Oct 14 (IANS/EFE) Roughly 75,000 people have been affected by torrential rains and swollen rivers in recent days in the Mexican state of Tabasco, officials said Thursday.

Ten of the 17 municipalities in that southeastern state have suffered flooding due to the overflowing of four rivers, said Roberto Lopez, the spokesman for the state’s emergency management office.

The majority of the flood victims – roughly 55,000 residents of five municipalities near the border with Guatemala: Balancan, Centla, Emiliano Zapata, Jonuta and Tenosique – were affected by the flooding of the Usumacinta River.

Tabasco state is crisscrossed by nine rivers whose water volume accounts for about a quarter of Mexico’s fresh water resources.