Southern Mexico has been hit hard in recent days by the outpouring of Tropical Storm Eta, and her confluence with two cold fronts. To add insult to injury, the government’s release of the storm gates of Penitas dam have caused two villages to virtually disappear.
At least six regions, including Centro - in which lies the state capital Villahermosa - were severely affected. An estimated12,000 people have so far been made homeless.
In the nick of time
In Tabasco the Mexican navy has been working tirelessly to rescue people stranded in their homes. On one of their rounds, a small group of sailors spotted a Labrador cross clinging to the side of a partly submerged building. The dog is seen in the video to be shivering and scared, and is desperately trying to stay afloat. Noticing the approach of the boat, the dog reaches out for help.
Safe and sound
Rescuers drag the dog into the boat and continue on their way. On Facebook later, a Navy spokesperson wrote, “Naval personnel rescued a puppy trapped in the middle of the floods in Tabasco, which, thanks to the care received, is safe in the company of its rescuers.”
The dog is now in the safe custody of the navy, and will be cared for until a suitable home can be found for it.