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Hurricane Otis / Acapulco International Airport

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Paloma Duran By Paloma Duran | Journalist and Industry Analyst - Mon, 10/30/2023 - 13:46

Hurricane Otis. Governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado, reported that 45 people are dead and 47 are missing. "Any death is regrettable. We share the pain of the families. We are in contact with all of them to support them."

Otis became a Category 5 hurricane, 12 hours after being declared a tropical storm. On Wednesday last week, the National Water Commission (CONAGUA) reported extraordinary rains in Guerrero, heavy rains in Michoacán and State of Mexico, and strong rains in Morelos, Puebla and Oaxaca. In Guerrero, winds of between 130km/h and 150km/h are expected, as well as waves of between 3m and 5m. 

Acapulco International Airport. Minister of the Navy, Rafael Ojeda Durán assured that the airport is almost operable and stressed that nighttime activities are expected to resume on Wednesday.  "As for the airport, it is already operating to a certain extent. All that is missing is electric power. The day after tomorrow the airport's electric power will be restored and it will be able to operate at night," he added.

Hurricane Otis has left hotels, buildings, airports and hospitals destroyed in Acapulco. Currently, the government is focusing on fixing the airport infrastructure, given the need to get tourists and victims out of the state. Alternative departure options are being explored, with the support of airlines such as Aeromexico, VivaAerobus and Volaris.

IMSS-Bienestar. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ordered the advancement of assistance programs to all beneficiaries in Guerrero to provide them with more support. "We will mainly support senior citizens and scholarship recipients".

The Mexican health system is experiencing a deep transformation. The integration of health services through IMSS-Bienestar aims at offering care to those who are not affiliated to other public institutions, such as ISSSTE or ISSFAM. The IMSS-Bienestar program also seeks to benefit Mexican science by boosting the development of research programs. The federal government expects all entities to operate within the IMSS-Bienestar program by 2040. So far, 23 states have joined the program, benefiting 253 hospitals, 21 specialty medical units and more than 4,000 health centers.

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