News Summary for September 22d, 2010

++ The Veracruz Civil Protection office said that river levels have begun to drop in the state and also floodwater levels in Veracruz port and Boca del Río, Medellín and Jamapa. President Felipe Calderón said that food and drinking water supplies, medical care and shelter are to be relief priorities for Veracruz residents forced out of their homes because of widespread flooding unleashed by hurricane Karl. Calderón appointed Social Development Secretary Heriberto Félix Guerra to be in charge of federal relief operations in Veracruz… The president also called for efforts to be made to protect citizens’ property and belongings. Veracruz Governor Fidel Herrera pledged to obtain funds from the federal government to buy nearly 2,300 homes in the Floresta housing compound in Veracruz that has for the past 30 years faced flooding problems each year, with floodwaters rising to over a meter, and to find new homes for families who live in those homes.

++ Health Secretary José Ángel Córdova Villalobos warned of the risk of an epidemic in Veracruz because of the drinking water shortage and because residents could be eating contaminated foods.

++ Meanwhile, the northern part of Tamaulipas was also submerged because of recent rains and because authorities ordered water released from the Nuevo León and Coahuila dams… It seems kind of contradictory that in order to keep water from reaching critical levels in dams, water has to be released from floodgates, but that too causes flooding… Probably, there’s more control over those water flows…

++ Tropical storm Georgette made landfall in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur… The storm’s winds were at 65 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 85 kilometers per hour… The storm would also be felt in Sonora and Sinaloa.

++ The Sonora Civil Protection department decreed a yellow alert in the state’s 72 municipalities because of tropical storm Georgette.

++ The Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office said the killing of a photographer with "El Diario de Ciudad Juárez" was not linked to his professional activity. This version was contested by observers and reporters alike.

++ PAN Senator Santiago Creel said a state of siege should be declared in violence-wracked city of Ciudad Juárez in Chihuahua.

++ The head of the Inter-American Development Bank, Luis Alberto Moreno, said Mexico would be able to dismantle drug cartels more quickly than Colombia did because of the determination shown in attacking criminal groups and the strength of its institutions.