Photo @Willy Hernández, hijosdelamadretierra.blogspot.mx
Members of the Council of Ejidos and Communities Opposed to the La Parota Dam (CECOP) will promote a collective legal case against the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) over the damages suffered by the peoples living at the margins of the Papagayo River, given that they do not believe these to have been caused by nature but rather due to the construction of the La Venta dam. The community of Venta Vieja, in the rural zone of Acapulco, which resides near La Venta (operated by the CFE), was completely destroyed by tropical storm Manuel.
Residents of the region related that the storm and concomitant increase in water levels, which increased 40 meters beyond normal, devastated approximately a hundred homes, in addition to a primary school and the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús church. CECOP believes that the CFE is responsible for the inundation of Venta Vieja and the disasters seen in at least 16 communities belonging to the Communal Goods of Cacahuatepec. This zone suffered losses of paths and hundreds of gardens, given that the dam’s evacuation measures were not adopted in a timely fashion. For this reason, the water level overflowed the dam, leading to the destruction seen downstream.
For more information (in Spanish):
Fotografias sobre la situación actual de la zona del CECOP-Guerrero 3 OCTUBRE 2013 (Hijos de la Madre Tierra, 3 de octubre de 2013)
Acuerda el Cecop recorrer comunidades para sumar gente a querella contra CFE (Jornada de Guerrero, 8 de octubre de 2013)
Anuncia Cecop demanda internacional contra la CFE por abrir las compuertas de la presa (La Jornada de Guerrero, 6 de octubre de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: Deaths and victims of tropical storm Manuel (4 October 2013)