After devastating heavy flooding on the northwestern outskirts of Mexico City, residents counted their possessions in four municipalities in the state of Mexico on Tuesday.
In Atizapán de Zaragoza, the floods rose up to 1 1/2 meters deep and turned into a river that the locals called.and
In Atizapán, four thousand residents from 24 neighborhoods were badly affected, as well 227 houses, the general hospital, and dozens of fences and trees, according to the government of Atizapán. Mayor Ruth Olvera Nieto said her office had requested that the Flood be classified as a natural disaster.
More than 60 mm of rain and hail fell during a two-hour flood, causing five rivers to overflow.
Dozens of patients have been evacuated from General Salvador González Herrejón Hospital in Atizapán and transferred to other nearby facilities after severe flooding.
A man died of hypothermia in Tlalnepantla after being trapped in his car for three hours after it was covered in hail. Three other trapped drivers were rescued and taken to hospitals with symptoms of hypothermia.
In the block where grandmother Juana Díaz lives, six families – 60 people – lost everything in the flood.
For 30 minutes, Juana floated with her three grandchildren on a mattress that she said had saved their lives. “When it rained, the fence broke and the river came: It was a river. I was with my three grandchildren and daughter, the only thing that saved us was the mattress, ”she said.
“I’m calm. Everything was lost, but my children are safe and sound. This is important to me,” she added.
Local resident Milton Mendoza described the material damage and called for help. “In all the houses the water rose to a meter and a half [affecting] Washing machines, refrigerators, boilers, ”he said.
“We need [authorities] come and disinfect the entire area. We are fighting against Covid-19 and now with a flood of wastewater contaminated water, ”he added.
Daniela Reséndiz said the flood had robbed her family of their precious possessions. “We barely had time to save a few things, the water didn’t stop. The drains weren’t deep enough… We lost two cars in my house, the living room and the dining room, ”she said.
Cecilia Torres feared the worst in the midst of the chaos. “We thought we were going to die. I swear, ”she revealed.
With reports from El Siglo de Torreón, Infobae and Reforma