Mexican navy dredges canals to ease flooding

10:54, September 13, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Mexico's Navy is dredging canals in the southeastern state of Tabasco to help reduce flooding caused by the overflow of the Usuamacinta and Grijalva Rivers, Navy officers told Xinhua.

The navy is clearing natural sediments in a canal that goes 15 kilometres (km) from the flooded area to Frontera, a port on Tabasco's coast, Vice-Admiral Juan Ramon Alcala Pigno, the region's commander, told Xinhua.

Alcala said that the plan was to extend the canal to a total length of 2,100 meters, 40 meters wide and 5 meters deep. But he warned that if a hurricane or a strong cold front were to pass through the area such work would have to be cancelled. The navy will use two self-propelling dredges with a capacity of between 500 and 1,000 cubic meters for 60 days.

"If we manage 40 meters in a decent time, we will try to broaden the canal from 40 to 100 meters," Alcala added.

More than 40,000 people have been evacuated from vulnerable areas around the capital, which are at risk due to the opening of floodgates upstream of the state's major rivers.

Last week, Tabasco officials told media that the region's reservoirs have been at dangerous levels because of heavier rainfall during the July-to-August period than at any other time for the last 50 years. Authorities estimate losses at 10 billion pesos (770 million U.S. dollars).

Source: Xinhua


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • The romantic myth of the Aegean 
The Aegean Sea is between the Greece Peninsula and Asia Minor Peninsula, dotted with many beautiful scenery islands, like a paradise on earth.  The ancient city of Troy in the east coast of Aegean, Turkey, and Mycenaean sites in the west bank of Greece, which have been archaeological discoveries, now are the must visit places in journey of the Aegean Sea. Above, these desolate dilapidated stone, the sunny blue sky and white clouds and vessels roaming at sea, arriving and departing travellers, add more romantic to the sea and the islands.
  • Chinese Permanent Representative to the United Nations Li Baodong (R) welcomes UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York, the United States. Sept. 29, 2011. The Chinese permanent delegation to the UN held a reception on Thursday to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 40th anniversary of China's returning to the UN. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)
  • Chinese ambassador to Bulgaria Guo Yezhou delivers a speech during the reception in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, on Sept. 29, 2011. The Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria held a grand reception here on Thursday to celebrate the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. (Xinhua/Wang Meng)
  • A model presents creation by Mexican designer at Mexico Fashion Week, Mexico City, Sept. 29, 2011. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)
  • Tourists walk in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, capital of Germany, Sept. 29, 2011. Fine weather on Thursday added to the mood of outdoor leisure for residents and tourists in Berlin. (Xinhua/Ma Ning)
  • Dancers from National Ballet Troupe of Spain perform during a rehearsal for the press at Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, Sept. 29, 2011. The troupe will put on Dualia and La Leyenda, two folk dances here from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)
Hot Forum Discussion