La Jornada – One dead and a thousand evacuated in Chiapas due to storm ‘Karl’

San Cristobal de las Casas, Chis. One person died and more than a thousand were evacuated in municipalities in northern Chiapas, due to rains caused by the tropical storm Karlreported the State Civil Protection System.

In a statement he explained that due to “the sudden growth” of the El Cristo stream, in the municipality of Pichucalco, “a 65-year-old person was trapped in his home, was rescued alive and transferred to a hospital with serious health conditions. but hours later he died.

He added that in that municipality various rescue and aid corporations preventively evacuated more than a thousand residents who were in religious activities due to the increase in the levels of the Pichucalco River.

He pointed out that in that same place, the boy Rubén Alfredo, seven seven years old, was rescued alive, who for a few moments remained as a disappeared person.

He stated that the rescue forces evacuated 40 families (approximately 120 people), due to the overflow of the El Cristo stream, which caused floods of up to three meters in height in at least five neighborhoods, mainly in the downtown area.

In that place, the agency abounded, two temporary shelters remain active to provide food and shelter to the affected families.

He stated that they also carried out preventive evacuations in the municipality of Ixtacomitán, due to the overflow of streams, which affected homes in the San Sebastián, Catarina First Section and Nicolás Bravo Second Section neighborhoods. In the latter one person was rescued.

He added that in the municipality of Ostuacán 35 families were evacuated due to the overflow of the Magdalena River.

He stated that the rains also affected the Pichucalco-Juárez road section, at kilometer nine, known as Loma Raspada, which was cut off.

He said that in Sunuapa, the Platanar vehicular bridge over the river of the same name, which connects the community of Sunuapa with Esquipulas, collapsed, and the same thing happened with the bridge known as Ciudad Rural Ostuacán-Sayula, which collapsed.

“The State Civil Protection System maintains care and response protocols for the population, mainly in the northern region of Chiapas, in the face of the effects derived from the passage of the tropical storm Karl”, affirmed the agency, while recommending that the population “continue to take extreme self-protection measures and stay informed on official sites, since the presence of torrential and intense rains is expected for this Saturday.”