After striking Mexico on August 20, 2007, again on August 21, and moving across the entire country, Hurricane Dean is no longer a tropical storm. The Yucatan Peninsula bore the brunt of the hurricane, which struck the eastern most part of the country as a Category 5 storm. Now, four days later, it has been reduced to a rain event with sustained winds of 35 km/h and gusts of 45 km/h, moving west, and causing clouds in south and central regions of the country.
The Health Situation
The principal symptoms being reported to date in the affected population are dermatologic and ophthalmologic in nature. National authorities have strengthened the disease surveillance system for the detection, management and control of cases, vector-borne outbreaks and health problems related to poor sanitary conditions in flooded areas.
Although there are reports of the impact on agriculture and damage to homes, there is still no report on damage to health infrastructure. Currently, the government is giving priority to ensuring that shelters are well stocked and equipped.
Health Services and Infrastructure
State of Tabasco
State of Campeche
The State of Yucatán
Currently, there are 69 temporary housing 8,861 people. Reports of material damage are not yet available.
Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche: No loss of life, but 100,000 hectares of crops were damaged. Also domestic animals such as pigs and birds were lost. Significant damage to homes has also been reported. Mexico’s petroleum industry lost production of two million liters.
Veracruz: A disaster declaration was made for 57 municipalities; 300 homes destroyed and 27,000 people evacuated. There is significant damage to the agricultural sector and to livestock, although the financial cost of the damage has still not yet be tallied.
Puebla: One person dead. There was flooding in several municipalities resulting in the loss of homes. Losses were also registered in the agricultural and livestock sectors.
Hidalgo: Two people dead, 100,000 evacuated and several injuries reported. There have been floods in several parts of the state and precipitation continues. School activities were suspended. There is no electricity in several municipalities of the state.
Tampico, Tamaulipas: No major damage, although there were severe floods in several cities. In several municipalities damage to crops and to livestock was reported.
Mexico’s Response to Hurricane Dean
Regional Office of the World Health Organization