It may not have caused the feared degree of devastation in Mexico but Hurricane Dean has not finished with the country yet. Poor rural communities appear to have borne the brunt of the storm’s rampage through the Yucatan Peninsula. Famous beach resorts like Cancun were left largely intact.
Dean lost power as it moved inland over Mexico. The potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane was downgraded to Category 1 strength. Nonetheless streets were flooded, trees toppled and roofs blown off houses. After moving offshore, the hurricane has been heading towards the nation’s oil platforms. It is set to make landfall again in central Mexico later today.
Dean has been blamed for at least 11 deaths during its earlier brutal passage through the Caribbean. The former British colony of Belize has just discovered what it is like to stand in its path. Here too, despite the damage caused, authorities say the storm was less severe than expected.