• Short Summary

    THE WORST WINTER STORM IN MEXICAN HISTORY HAS STRUCK THE NORMALLY SUNNY COUNTRY THIS WEEK.?

  • Description

    THE WORST WINTER STORM IN MEXICAN HISTORY HAS STRUCK THE NORMALLY SUNNY COUNTRY THIS WEEK. THE MOST DRAMATIC SCENES WERE IN MONTERREY WHERE A 16 INCH SNOWFALL CAUSED CONSIDERABLE HAVOC EARLY IN THE WEEK.

    PART OF THE SAME STORM SYSTEM STRUCK MEXICO CITY ITSELF ON WEDNESDAY (11 JANUARY). 34 PERSONS WERE REPORTED TO HAVE PERISHED THERE.

    THE SNOWFALL IN MONTERREY IN NORTHERN MEXICO WAS THE FIRST IN FOURTEEN YEARS, AND THE HEAVIEST KNOWN. IT SPREAD OVER AT LEAST FIVE NORTHERN STATES NUEVO LEON, TAMAULIPAS, CHIHUAHUA, DURANGO AND SAN LUIS POTOSI. IT BEGAN FALLING EARLY IN THE MORNING AND DID NOT STOP UNTIL AFTERNOON ON MONDAY. STREETS WERE COVERED WITH SNOW AND ICE. CHILDREN, MOST OF WHOM HAD NEVER SEEN SNOW, THREW SNOWBALLS AND ENJOYED THEMSELVES. HOWEVER, MOTORISTS WITH NO EXPERIENCE OF SNOW WERE IN TROUBLE. OVER 40 CARS WERE REPORTED STRANDED OUTSIDE THE CITY ON HIGHWAYS. MEXICAN GOVERNMENT RELIEF AIRCRAFT WERE UNABLE TO LAND ON MONDAY AND ALL HIGHWAYS LEADING TO MONTERREY WERE IMPASSABLE. THE AREA'S CITRUS CROP WAS HEAVILY DAMAGED AND IT WAS REPORTED THAT THE NATIONAL CITRUS LOSS WOULD RUN INTO THE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. SOME SMALLER HOUSES WERE REPORTED TO HAVE COLLAPSED BECAUSE OF THE WEIGHT OF SNOW ON THEM.

    THE STORM IS STILL RAVAGING MEXICO. THE GOVERNMENT ORDERED A GENERAL ARMY ALERT YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) AND THE ARMY IS REPORTED ASSISTING IN RESCUE WORK. AT LEAST TWO THOUSAND PERSONS WERE TAKEN TO EMERGENCY SHELTERS IN MEXICO CITY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8G0PKK4DGJ1ACWSXQX4BQH8LH
    Media URN:
    VLVA8G0PKK4DGJ1ACWSXQX4BQH8LH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/01/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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