- 16 dead confirmed after hospital flood in Tula.
- Newborn babies had to be rescued with ropes.
- There were hospitalized COVID patients.
Tula hospital flood. Tragedy in Mexico: Authorities confirmed 16 deaths so far, after a strong storm caused the Tula river to overflow in the state of Hidalgo, where an IMSS hospital with newborn babies, children and even COVID patients was the most affected.
“Yesterday’s rains in Hidalgo caused the Tula river to overflow, flooding the Hospital GZ (General de Zona) Number 5 of the IMSS; causing the death of 16 patients (the rest are being evacuated). The DNIII plan was executed,” the Mexican Government reported in its official Twitter account, as reported by the Efe agency.
Tula hospital flood: The water reached 2 meters in height
The rains that, according to authorities, began around 6:00 in the afternoon local time on Monday, caused the overflow of the Tula River, which left floods that in some cases exceeded two meters in height. Zoé Robledo, director of the IMSS, confirmed the death of 16 patients at the clinic located in Tula, Hidalgo, as a result of the serious flooding in the region.
“At the time of the event, there were 104 IMSS workers and 56 patients hospitalized for different reasons, several of them, about half, due to COVID issues,” said the official. in a video broadcast through social networks. He indicated that at the time the hospital was flooded, the electrical power of the entire municipality collapsed and that damaged oxygenation and the building’s power plant was flooded. Filed Under: Tula Hospital Flood.
Tula hospital flood: emergency plan activated
Laura Velázquez, head of the National Civil Protection Coordination, reported that at dawn on Tuesday authorities from the Armed Forces, the National Water Commission and the IMSS, moved to the place. This morning, the president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), reported that an emergency plan was activated in the region and promised help to the victims.
“It is raining a lot, yesterday we had many floods in the country, this is the month that rains the most, we must be vigilant. Today we are going to be helping and supporting families that need it, ”said President AMLO. Meanwhile, the National Guard reported that it implemented its own emergency plan to support families affected by the storms and floods in the Municipality of Tula, Hidalgo. Filed Under: Tula Hospital Flood.
Tula hospital flood: evacuate patients
He stressed that during the early hours of this Tuesday, elements of the Public Security Secretariat of Hidalgo and the municipal Police, made tours to help the residents who had their private homes affected. For his part, the governor of Hidalgo, Omar Fayad, announced that so far five temporary shelters have been set up in the area.
Federal and local elements maintain the rescue and evacuation actions of the inhabitants of the city of Tula due to the flood that occurred since Tuesday night and after the rain, including patients from the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) hospital, who They are transferred to the regional hospital. Filed Under: Tula Hospital Flood.
Tula hospital flood: Babies rescued with ropes
The IMSS is one of the places most affected by floods and rain, which caused the oxygen supply to fail. In addition, the waterlogging prevented medical attention. Given this, patients have had to be transferred to other hospitals and rescued in boats, according to the El Universal agency.
Some users of social networks have spread the video of how they transfer babies in incubators with ropes. The authorities have called on the population to avoid going out into the streets at the prevailing water level. In addition, the telephone service is collapsed. Filed Under: Tula Hospital Flood.
Tula hospital flood: AMLO in mourning
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador lamented the death of 17 patients at the IMSS hospital due to the overflow of the Tula River in Hidalgo. “In this highly honorable commission there are good, very good, bad and very bad days; today is one of the latter days. I am very saddened by the death of 17 patients at the IMSS hospital due to the overflowing of the Tula river in Hidalgo, ”according to the El Universal agency.
Through his social networks, President López Obrador called on the population of the Valley of Mexico who live in low areas to take shelter in high areas, in shelters, with family or friends. “A lot of water has fallen throughout the Valley of Mexico and it will continue to rain. Those who live in low-lying areas, move to shelters or high places with family or friends for the time being ”. Filed Under: Tula Hospital Flood.
“What is urgent is oxygen”
Send oxygen because patients are dying, was the clamor from the General Hospital of Zone 5 of the IMSS in Tula, Hidalgo, severely affected by the floods. In a live broadcast, the doctor Héctor Manuel Arias narrated the affectations, mainly to patients with COVID, reported the Reforma agency.
“What is urgent is oxygen for these patients who still have life expectancy,” he said. “The ones that concern me the most are the COVID patients, they are in that fight for their survival, they demand their oxygen.” The doctor reproached the state government for the delay in sending the supply, despite the fact that he made his call through networks for hours. Filed Under: Tula Hospital Flood.
Sick are dying from lack of oxygen
“This oxygen is insufficient. A completely bleak outlook, with a natural disaster that we did not expect ”, he said. “What I demand is that oxygen.” Help comes and goes to the facilities in two boats, such as food for the babies and water for the patients. “Sadness because nothing comes, I feel powerless, I did everything possible demanding that help,” said Arias, according to Agencia Reforma.
With a broken voice, the relative of a patient said that the sick were dying, because there is no oxygen. “Please help us with oxygen, there are many patients who need it a lot. If I could get there, let the oxygen not get, “he claimed. Another doctor, named Yahir, expressed his helplessness because they cannot do anything. “Fortunately there are people who are controlled, there are people who are no longer with us, it is not possible that the authorities do not have a plan. We have to wait ”, he lamented. Filed Under: Tula Hospital Flood.
Confusion in death toll
While the Government of Mexico reported that 16 patients died at the IMSS Hospital in Tula, Hidalgo, after the floods caused by heavy rains, Governor Omar Fayad said in an interview to the media that 17 people died, of which 15 They were already on assisted respiration and two others arrived to be treated, all for coronavirus, said Agencia Reforma.
“We have 17 deaths, unfortunately, confirmed, due to the incident the hospital was flooded, it ran out of power and they were on assisted respiration, the figure reported to me is 17 people dead in the IMSS hospital,” said the husband of actress Victoria Ruffo. Filed Under: Tula Hospital Flood. Filed Under: Tula Hospital Flood.
Floods leave more than 31 thousand affected
Omar Fayad reported that the floods after the heavy rains left more than 31,000 affected in the Municipality of Tula. “The affected are nine colonies, there are 31 thousand 691 inhabitants, five urban furniture structures, I already gave the names of the colonies.” He indicated that President Andrés Manuel López Obrador carried out an aerial tour to review the flooding and the effects, according to information from the Reform Agency.
In a conference, the PRI governor revealed that President AMLO coordinated with military personnel to start aid tours for the affected people. “We are coordinated with the Government of the Republic. You know that the president came, he did a flight over the region a moment ago, he spoke with the military personnel, the Commander of the First Military Region already told me that they are deploying more than 900 elements, they will be deployed for the protection of citizens ”, he stated. Filed Under: Tula Hospital Flood.
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