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17 November 2007

Dr. Eugene “Gus” Newport appealed to the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops to and tell the story of New Orleans, “how two years after the hurricane, the majority of people are still not back in their homes. Why isn’t the national media here, covering this story?” he asked.

New Orleans’ public school system entered receivership after the hurricane… while in Tabasco, where ONE MILLION people lost their homes on the second of this month, the state Education Secretariat announced that next Monday school classes will start up again in Villahermosa.

  • I take it that means Monday, 26 November. 19 November is one of the new “Monday” holidays, the old 20 November Revolution Day. Wanna bet the “incompetent” Mexican Army even manages to get together a half-way decent parade in Villahermosa?

Médecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) has an update on recovery efforts on their site:

  • While the water levels are dropping all over Villahermosa, certain areas of the town center are still under more than two metres of water. The district of Gaviota is among the most seriously affected. It is practically deserted, with the exception of a few families taking refuge on the first floor of their homes, living off their reserves and the assistance provided by the Mexican army. The vast majority of the inhabitants have taken refuge in temporary shelters in the vicinity, and the MSF teams have set up a reservoir of 10,000 liters of drinking water for them.
  • In Frontera, a coastal town where the water levels have yet to drop and certain communities remain cut off, an MSF medical team has visited the area to evaluate the situation and participate in a distribution of drinking water set up by the municipality.
  • Given the large-scale mobilization of the Mexican authorities and the progressive drop in water levels, the situation should revert to normal before too long. The country’s health authorities are undertaking epidemiological surveillance and starting a vaccination campaign against hepatitis A, measles and tetanus.

By the way… those of us in the Big Bend can make direct relief contributions to “Ayuda Tabasco 2007” at the Fort Davis State Bank —  account # 893943. 

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