Mexico says homes of up to 500,000 people damaged in floods

November 4, 2007 22:05

Authorities said massive floods in southern Mexico have destroyed or damaged the homes of as many as half a million people, as rescue workers focused Sunday on reaching isolated communities surrounded by water for almost a week. Getting the sick and injured out - and vital supplies like food and water in - replaced mass evacuations as the priority for emergency workers in Tabasco and Chiapas states, where the widespread floods have caused 8 deaths. Many who decided to stay on rooftops to protect their homes from looters were running low on supplies, as were residents of cut-off communities, as the flooding entered its second week.

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