Hurricane Pamela hits Mazatlán;  damage is less than projected

Sinaloa.- To Mazatlan it went well in view of hurricane category 1 Pamela, then they did not register human lossess, informed the manager of infrastructure protection and emergency care of the National Water Commission, Leonardo González Neri.

He pointed out that the meteorological phenomenon caused by Pamela brought more winds, of 120 kilometers per hour and gusts of 150. The manager stressed that a more complicated situation was expected.

He said that there were many palapas and trees that fell but there were no human losses or injuries. Strong winds also left advertising structures and business canopies collapsed.

The affectations

He explained that they were 138 millimeters accumulated, which generated floods as in the Jacarandas subdivision, where they had to evacuate neighbors yesterday morning.
Since Tuesday, the families of the aforementioned subdivision commented that they were uneasy due to the meteorological phenomenon.

For this reason, most kept their furniture on the upper floors and those with only one floor took things to other neighborhoods with relatives.

González Neri commented that there was concern on the part of the federal authorities because they estimated that the event could have been more serious.

In addition, he stressed that they continue to work on works that were damaged since the passage of Hurricane Nora.

The fishermen of Playa Norte commented that they moored their boats since last Monday.
The men of the sea regretted that they will not be able to work for at least three days, because until yesterday the sea was still choppy.

González Neri explained that through pipes and desoiling trucks they went to vent the water in colonies that were flooded.

White balance

Preventive actions carried out jointly by the three levels of Government allowed the municipality to end up with a white balance during the passage of hurricane Pamela, category 1, on the Saffir-Simpson scale, assured Leonardo González Neri.

The Municipal Civil Protection coordinator, Eloy Ruiz Gastélum, commented that the Government of Mayor Luis Guillermo Benítez Torres always puts the integrity of the Mazatlan people first, and as a result of this are the operations and preventive actions coordinated between the three levels of Government.

He assured that the main affected areas in the city are the El Toreo and Jacarandas subdivisions. In the latter, the water rose one meter high inside the houses and the evacuation of families was necessary, as well as the Sánchez Celis and López Mateos colonies.

“Fortunately, the objective was fulfilled first of all: the protection of the civilian population. At this time, we do not have a report of injured or reported missing persons, nor are they deceased. That is what is important in that sense, ”said Ruiz Gastélum.

He explained that other damages in the city are power failures in various areas, trees and electrical wiring knocked down in some streets, while in the rural area tours are being made, although the preliminary report is that there are no serious incidents.

He added that three temporary shelters were enabled: the Western Cultural Institute, the Mazatlán convention center and the Sixto Osuna primary school, in Villa Unión, for those affected in the rural area, where the DIF Mazatlán System and the State Health Secretariat received 92 people.

The failures

Neighbors from various neighborhoods, including López Mateos, Centro, Genaro Estrada, Francisco I. Madero and the rural area reported power failures. This is because part of the electrical wiring has collapsed.

During the third follow-up meeting in response to Hurricane Pamela, the Local Committee for Emergency Attention of Mazatlán announced that 141 millimeters of rainfall had accumulated as of 09:00 hours and evaluated the damage that the municipality of Mazatlán presented, where it was recorded. flooding of some houses, falling trees, power lines or various structures. The system entered land with a category 1 hurricane, between Mármol and Estación Dimas, north of this city.

They highlighted that during the impact, Public Security and Civil Protection personnel provided support to the affected people to leave their homes.

Port Captaincy reported that Mazatlán will continue to be closed to navigation until it is certain that the bottom surge that is present has passed and clarified that at noon it authorized the departure of boats to Isla de la Piedra.

In the rural area, damage was only reported to two houses in the El Walamo community, which was attended to in a timely manner and support was provided to the affected families.

The data

Evaluation

González Neri stressed that yesterday, personnel from the three levels of government toured the city to assess the damage and notice an emergency. Elements of Civil Protection, Navy and National Guard went to the periphery and to the communities. The rural area in the south is said to have suffered the most damage from Pamela.

Read more: Hurricane Pamela destroys palapas on Isla de la Piedra, Mazatlan

The damages

The affected areas were mainly in López Mateos, El Toreo, Jacarandas, Bugambilias, and November 20. Inhabitants of the Pueblo Nuevo neighborhood had to get up early to get water from their homes. They assured that even the bathroom spilled the liquid. They explained that it is due to failures in the drainage.

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