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Mexico without deaths from Beryl, according to preliminary report

Mexico City, July 5 (Prensa Latina) Fallen trees, poles and roofs, as well as damage to the electrical service is the preliminary balance today of Hurricane Beryl's transit through southeastern Mexico, with no human damage reported for now.

The national coordinator of Civil Protection, Laura Velázquez, specified that the phenomenon, which entered land at 05:05 local time with category 2, left approximately half of the homes in the municipalities of Tulum and Isla Mujeres without electricity and seven colonies in Cozumel, in the state of Quintana Roo.

When speaking via video call at the usual press conference of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the official highlighted that the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is promptly solving these situations.

According to him, in 11 municipalities there are 58 shelters with 2,193 people who are being cared for, and four citizens who had their house flooded have been rescued, while the airports of Tulum, Cozumel and Cancún do not report any damage.

She explained that 25,611 response elements from institutions such as the Secretariats of the Navy and Defense, and the National Guard, the CFE, the National Water Commission and local officials are currently assisting the population in the relief phase.

Velázquez asked citizens, mainly those of the municipalities of Tulum, Solidaridad and José María Morelos, not to leave their homes or shelter yet.

“Let them stay in their temporary shelters or homes. We have fallen poles, fallen trees, significant flooding and all of this together can represent a risk to the population, which is why we remain on red alert, we still cannot leave our homes until an official notice is given,” he stressed.

According to the National Meteorological Service, the eye of the hurricane made landfall this Friday in an area north of Tulum, in the southern state of Quintana Roo, with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour and gusts of 220, after causing havoc in its path through Caribbean nations.

Beryl is the third system of the hurricane season in the Atlantic, which began on June 1, to reach Mexican territory, since Alberto, the first tropical storm of the period, caused six deaths, and Chris, which left intense rains and floods in part of the country.