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Mexico Situation Report - 21 August

Hurricane Dean roared into the Mexican city of Chetumal on Tuesday morning, August 21, as a category 5 hurricane. Fortunately, it struck one of the less densely populated areas of the coastline. Early reports indicate there was little damage to health facilities. Hurricane Dean has exited the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and is expected to intensify as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico before slamming once again into the Mexican coastline. Hurricane Gilbert, almost 20 years ago (1988), followed a similar trajectory, crossing the Yucatan Peninsula before making landfall again and causing more than 200 deaths in and around the Mexican city of Monterrey. 


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