Tropical storm Lidia strands thousands of tourists in Mexico

Published on : Monday, September 4, 2017

LidiaTropical storm Lidia had claimed at least six lives after it struck the western portion of Mexico last week.


It had made landfall west of the city of La Paz that is the capital of Baja California Sur (BCS) on Friday, dumping 27 inches of rain in this area in 24 hours. Carlos Mendoza who is the Governor of BCS said that this is the largest amount of water they had ever had since 1933.


Los Cabos was among the regions with the worst impact, based in the southern fringes of the state.


Luis Genaro Ruiz, who is the secretary of the state’s tourism department said that the storm Lidia has stranded at least 20,000 international travellers after the airlines suspended their services briefly to the area.


Sunwing that represents a tour wholesaler of Canada that flies its own aircraft has launched several rescue flights to Los Cabos over the weekend to retrieve and reach out to stranded travellers.


Though Lidia has currently veered off the west coast into the Pacific Ocean, it ensured Mexico receives torrential rains earlier this week.


It also caused floods that spread to the interiors of Mexico City where the busiest airport of the country was compelled to be shut down for four hours on Thursday afternoon on account of ‘safety concerns and weather conditions’.


Enrique Peña Nieto who is the president of Mexico travelled to Los Cabos early Saturday morning to assess the damage caused by Lidia and also to meet the victims.


Furthermore, he stated in a press conference that Lidia had ended up dumping the equivalent of about three times the annual average rainfall over one day. He added that the state, federal and local governments are collaborating to assess the damage and also place a recovery plan to combat the damage.


He assured tourists that the tourism infrastructure has sustained no damage.


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