1/10 Tijuana, Mexico: Rain-Homes Destroyed, Shelters Filled and Schools Closed
- Tijuana Rain: Homes Destroyed, Shelters Filled and Schools Closed
January 10, 2005
Frequent rains in December 2004 and January 2005 have had severe
consequences for Tijuana. Approximately 100 homes have been partially or
totally destroyed, the city has requested the evacuation of 2,000 homes,
most temporary city shelters are filled to capacity and schools have been
According to Marco Antonio Sánchez Navarro, the city's assistant director of
Protección Civil (Civil Protection), approximately 100 houses have been
partially or totally destroyed due to rains since December 26, 2004.
Sánchez said that specific reports of damaged homes have come from the
neighborhoods of Cañada Verde, El Florido, Las Torres, Colonia Libertad,
Playas de Tijuana and Colonia Juárez.
As part of his work to protect the city, Sánchez says that his office is
visiting neighborhoods to look for homes that are about to fall down
hillsides because of erosion or that are threatened by mud slides. So far
Protección Civil has requested that 2,000 homes be abandoned for safety
Sánchez says that not every family that leaves its home goes to a city
shelter. Instead, most families prefer to stay with relatives when
Currently 382 people are living in temporary shelters established by the
city. Of Tijuana’s four temporary shelters only one is not filled to
capacity, Sánchez noted.
Another consequence of the weeks of precipitation has been a lack of city
services, according to an article in the Tijuana newspaper Frontera (no
relation to FNS). Some neighborhoods have not been serviced by waste
disposal trucks for over a month. This has led people to dispose of their
garbage in open fields and along roadsides.
Some citizens are worried that this waste could have negative health effects
and they have requested that dumpsters be brought into their communities.
Some of the communities that are experiencing illegal dumping of garbage are
Héroes de la Independencia, Villas del Sol, Ejido Francisco Villa and
neighborhoods near the Cerro Colorado.
Finally, due to inclement weather, state and city civil protection officials
have ordered the closure of all schools from preschool through high school
in Tijuana, Rosarito, Tecate and the surrounding areas for Monday, January
10, 2005. The Universidad Tecnológica de Tijuana also cancelled both day
and evening classes.
Source: Frontera (Tijuana), January 10, 2005. Articles by Manuel Villegas
and Hamlet Alcántara.
Greg Bloom, Outreach Coordinator
Center for Latin American and Border Studies
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Email address: gbloom@...
Phone: (505) 646-6817
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