AMERICA/MEXICO - Bishop of Huatla launches drought alert in Sierra Mazateca in Oaxaca

Tuesday, 30 May 2017


Oaxaca (Agenzia Fides) - After more than 20 days without rain, the Mazateca region is going through the worst crisis ever suffered as a result of drought, along with the lack of medical services. This situation has already recorded the death of so many poor people. This is what His Exc. Mgr. José Armando Álvarez Cano, Bishop of Huautla says in a note sent to Fides. The Bishop has urged for the immediate intervention of the federal and state governments.
Mgr. Cano explains that when it does not rain in Huautla de Jiménez, thousands of indigenous people flock to the nearby caves to get stagnant water. The Bishop adds that in Huautla most families collect rainwater for personal consumption. Water consumption of this type is the cause of thousands of cases of gastroenteritis. Drought is affecting more than 120,000 inhabitants of the 19 municipalities that form the region of Mazateca. (AP) (30/5/2017 Agenzia Fides)