Published on : Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Nearly 17 people were killed after heavy rainfall battered Mexico’s Central Hidalgo State and reportedly flooded a hospital in the region. As per official reports, the flood occurred after a river burst its banks leaving water gushing into the hospital as well as cutting off power supply in the town of Tula.
According to local media reports, some of the flood victims were diagnosed with COVID-19 and were being treated with oxygen therapy. The government immediately deployed army officials at the scene to rescue teams dealing with the disaster. Rescue operators reportedly evacuated around 40 patients from the hospital.
Meanwhile, a boat transporting the state governor also sank in the river. However, Omar Fayad later took to social media to announce that he was “safe and sound”. He also mentioned that the state authorities would continue co-ordinate emergency operations in the affected areas.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he was deeply saddened by the hospital deaths. He also urged residents of low-lying areas to move to shelters or stay with relatives or friends in safer places. More than 30,000 people in towns across the state have been affected by the floods. Separately, two people died after flooding in Ecatepec, a northern suburb of Mexico City, as per authorities.