At least 17 patients died as floodwaters inundated and cut power to a hospital in Tula de Allende, Mexico, on September 7, according to the Mexican government and the Institute of Social Security (IMSS), the public agency that operates the hospital.
The flooding in Hidalgo province was brought on by heavy rains that caused the Tula river to overflow, the government said. The more than 40 other patients were being evacuated from the hospital, it added.
This footage from Mexico’s National Coordination of Civil Protection (CNPC) shows boats being used to help rescue patients from the hospital.
The government said 10 communities in the area were affected and around 2,000 homes were damaged.
Governor of Hidalgo state Omar Fayad also traveled to Tula and said 1,000 members of Mexico’s National Guard were being deployed to support rescue and recovery operations. Several shelters were established in Tula and Tepeji del Río, an area about 10 miles south of Tula that also experienced damaging floods, Fayad said.
Earlier, staff at the hospital appealed for help on social media, posting videos that showed floodwaters inside the hospital and staff on a roof as water surrounded the building. Credit: CNPC Mexico via Storyful