Guerrero: The situation continues to be dramatic for storm victims in Guerrero


On 18 September, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights denounced that storm victims “have been rendered invisible: to date there have been adopted no governmental actions to attend to the damages that the recent storms have caused in the region.”  The Center noted that in this region, hundreds of indigenous communities continue to be cut off due to the climatological disruptions, detailing that the “impacts caused by the rainfall in the mountain region cannot be quantified at the moment, given that, beyond the lack of ability to count the number of deaths and accidents, the maize that has been cultivated for subsistence purposes during this cycle has been lost, and the majority of the communities of the region will confront a worrying scarcity of food.  Connected to this, many homes have been destroyed in the communities.  The guarantee of the human right to nutrition and dignified housing amidst emergency situations remain urgent.”

For his part, the president of the United Guerrero Alliance for Human Rights, Leopoldo Soberanis Hernández, denounced in an interview with La Jornada that, despite the fact that there is a permanent military presence in the coastal region of the state, the soldiers “have not distributed even one sweet to the people who need food, nor have they worked to open the roads which would permit the transcendence of lack of communication.”  He indicated that beyond the isolation and scarcity of food, “the voracity of merchants is added, as they are selling their reserves at the highest prices.”

On 19 September in Acapulco, the desperation for lack of food, water, and clothing led to at least three roadblocks in the city.  This same day, several mayors declared that the authorities are prioritizing the welfare of the tourists who find themselves in that city.

For more information (in Spanish):

Alerta Tlachinollan sobre invisibilización de personas indígenas damnificadas de la Montaña y Costa Chica del Estado de Guerrero (Tlachinollan, 18 de Septiembre de 2013)

Desdén oficial a damnificados en la Montaña de Guerrero: ONG (La Jornada, 19 de septiembre de 2013)

Alcaldes de Guerrero recriminan olvido en envío de ayuda a damnificados (CNN México, 19 de México)

Cobertura especial de La Jornada: La devastación (20 de septiembre de 2013)

Claman en Acapulco por agua y comida (La Jornada de Guerrero, 20 de septiembre de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel (4 October 2013)

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