La inundaci�n de 2007 en Tabasco, M�xico: evoluci�n de niveles de agua

Rivera-Trejo, Fabi�n; Soto-Cort�s, Gabriel; Barajas-Fern�ndez, Juan
October 2009
Ingenier�a Hidr�ulica en M�xico;Oct2009, Vol. 24 Issue 4, p159
Academic Journal
From October 29th to November 1st, 2007, heavy rainfalls hit southeastern Mexico, causing a huge flooding in the state of Tabasco; the worst in Mexico in the last 50 years. The estimated damages were: 350 000 affected housings, 1 487 000 people injured, 850 000 ha of flooded grassland, 115 959 ha of devastated crops, 2 975 km. of destroyed highways, 212 weakened bridges, and 3 505 damaged schools. In this work, a reconstruction of this event and other non-meteorological associated factors are described. The phenomenon consisted of a succession of rains in the region, which included three consecutive days of extraordinary rainfall greater than 403 mm d-1. The operation of a dam system, the conditions of soil saturation and runoff times of less than 16 h, added up to the meteorological phenomenon that initiated the catastrophe. This description will help to better understand the phenomenon and will allow an evaluation of the effectiveness of flood protection plans.


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