I am back. News Summary for September 30th, 2010

It has been a week since my son was born, we are both doing well. Thanks to all of you who sent good wishes. I am not at work full time, but I will start blogging again. Following is a summary of the most important news in Mexico for September 30th, 2010.

++ The main Civil Protection office at the Interior Secretariat said part of a hillside in Amatán, Chiapas, collapsed killing 16 people and injuring 13… Another mudslide occurred in Nueva Colombia, also in Chiapas, and rescue teams were working to try and save three people believed to have been buried under the mud.

++ Military troops and state police salvaged three bodies of which two were of adolescent girls killed in the mudslide that partially destroyed a hillside in Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, Oaxaca.

++ The Oaxaca firefighters department clarified that the mudslide in Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, in the Mixe region, initially believed to have buried 300 homes, actually only buried seven.

++ Meanwhile, final rains provoked by hurricane Matthew and cold front number three, made the Coatzacoalcos, Tesechoacán, Papaloapan and Valle Nacional rivers once again flood their banks… The National Water Commission recommended that people living alongside riverbanks evacuate the area.

++ President Felipe Calderón said it was regrettable that some people still question whether global warming exists when Mexico is a clear example of its effects.

++ PRI deputy David Penchyna suggesting revising the 2011 economic package in view of severe damages caused by rains in southeastern Mexico… He said the natural disaster would increase expenditures, so the spending budget must be reviewed.

++ Unknown attackers threw an explosive device at the Matamoros mayor’s office… Two people were wounded in the attack.

++ The PRD demanded that Attorney General Arturo Chávez be dismissed because he has lost all credibility in connection to the Michoacán drug arrests of public officials, most of which have turned out to be innocent… The PRD said it was time the nation’s president appointed an attorney general whose true mission is to pursue criminals, not innocent people.

++ PRI senator Pedro Joaquín Coldwell echoed the PRD position saying the so called “Michoacán sweep” was “totally ridiculous” and revealed that the Attorney General’s Office is incapable of enforcing the law and finding proper evidence to back its accusations when it makes arrests. Joaquín Coldwell charged the government of acting superficially.