Torrential rain and storm force winds have left half a million people homeless in Mexico. 70 percent of the southern state of Tabasco has been inundated, with flood waters swamping river banks and makeshift barriers. Weathermen say it is the worst storm to hit Tabasco in the state’s history. At least one person has died. Officials say all crops have been lost, and tens of thousands of homes destroyed.
President Felipe Calderon flew in to assess the damage, and help with the rescue. He promised the army would help build new sandbag barricades. The devastation in Tabasco could get worse, if Tropical Storm Noel continues its march west across the Gulf of Mexico.
Noel killed at least 90 people when it smashed into the Dominican Republic and Haiti earlier this week. Noel left a trail of destruction in its wake. It gained renewed strength as it passed over the sea, but is not expected to threaten oil and gas platforms in the Gulf.