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Many stranded in floods

Mexican authorities are carrying out nearly 1,500 daily sorties to airdrop humanitarian aid to the flooded Tabasco state, where more than 2,000 people are still trapped.

world Updated: Nov 08, 2007 22:44 IST

Mexican authorities are carrying out nearly 1,500 daily sorties to airdrop humanitarian aid to the flooded Tabasco state, where more than 2,000 people are still trapped in floodwaters.

The authorities are facing a tough time in dealing with the situation. For the first time a chopper was put into service on Wednesday in the town of Jimenez, where the overflowing river-waters isolated more than 2,000 people, the EFE news agency reported on Thursday.

The town is barely 50 kms from the state capital Villahermosa and has been cut-off from the rest of the world. The only communication system available is the radio. Almost 80 per cent of the state has been affected by the floodwaters.

Nearly one million have been displaced, of which 80,000 have been moved to temporary shelters, where relief is being provided.

Everyday about 1,000 helicopters take off from the sports ground in Villahermosa, for distributing food and other relief items for the flood-affected people.

Tonnes of powdered milk, rice, water and diapers are being dropped. Though the floodwaters receded in some parts of the state, the situation is still tense as the weather bureau has forecast cold winds.

People desperately needed medicines to fight flood-related diseases, the EFE reported, quoting local officials involved in the rescue operation.

A water-purification plant set up by the authorities before the floods has been of great help for the residents but they are in desperate need for food, it said.

Many other towns in the state are also reeling under floodwaters.