Severe flooding hits San Cristobal de las Casas and surrounding Chiapas areas


San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas

Some families have been transferred to a temporary shelter and heavy losses of household goods are reported

En Chiapas habitantes de San Cristóbal de las Casas y Las Margaritas se  manifiestan en contra de sus alcaldes por incumplimiento en obra pública -  Claro y Directo MX

About thirty colonies in the municipal seat of San Cristóbal de las Casas are flooded due to the rains generated by the cold front number 11 and the tropical storm ETA, for which some families have been evacuated, the water level reaches up to one meter, the most flooded area is the Island.

So far hundreds of vehicles remain in the water, some families have been transferred to a temporary shelter and heavy losses of household goods, appliances, and white goods and appliances are reported. The piped water system has suspended service.

Likewise, the Municipality of Ocosingo, Pichucalco, Yajalón, Tila, Salto de Agua, report overflowing of rivers such as Tulijá, Yashalum and Pichucalco, among others, and roads blocked by landslides and stone are registered. The rain has fallen all night.

There is currently a yellow alert in the northern zone, Los Bosques, Tulijá Tzeltal, Chol and Lacandon Jungle of Chiapas. 


  • • Elements of the Inter-Institutional Group have transferred more than 200 people to shelters and the homes of relatives or friends, in order to guarantee their safe protection
  • • More than 180 elements participate in rescue and evacuation work, cordoning off streets and avenues, towing stranded vehicles and cleaning stone materials

Elements of the Inter-Institutional Security and Civil Protection Group continue to provide support to the population affected by the heavy rains that occurred during the last hours in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, transferring more than 200 people to shelters and the homes of family or friends, in order to guarantee their physical integrity and provide safe shelter.

Amanace flooded San Cristóbal de las Casas, there is damage in other municipalities

In support of these actions, since the afternoon of this Thursday an important task force made up of elements of the Municipal Police was formed, with a total of 60 troops, including foot-ground personnel, motorcycle patrols and patrols; Municipal and state Civil Protection with 30 elements; National Guard with 35 elements and all-terrain units, as well as the State Preventive Police of the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, with 30 more elements, which are distributed in the affected area .;

During the Altos Region Security Table, it was reported that, derived from the Contingency Plan, the National Defense Secretariat, through the 31st military zone, joined the tasks with 30 elements, aboard vehicles of the “Command ”, With which the care provided during the last 16 hours in 12 neighborhoods and neighborhoods where there were flooding and river overflow will be reinforced.

The Interinstitutional Group detailed that, although the rains have decreased in this municipality, they will continue to carry out rescue and evacuation of people who require it, as well as the cordoning off of streets and avenues due to flooding, towing of stranded vehicles and cleaning of stone materials that they were withdrawn on some rural roads, in order to avoid risks to the population.

Finally, a call was made to the public to remain attentive to alerts from the State Civil Protection System and report any incident to the emergency number 9-1-1, from where help will be channeled if necessary.


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