2020 Tabasco Floods: Learning from the past to prepare for the future

In October and November of 2020, a series of cold fronts and two cyclones caused severe flooding in the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, and Veracruz, Mexico. Tabasco also received significant rainfall in the month of November. Floods, landslides and the discharge of water from the Angel Albino Corzo “Peñitas” hydroelectric dam left the region under water. In total, the storms and resulting floods inundated 14% of the state and affected approximately 800,000 people, damaged close to 200,400 houses and flooded thousands of hectares of crops throughout the state.

The Mexican Red Cross, in collaboration with ISET, IFRC and Zurich Mexico, conducted a Post-Event Review Capability (PERC), which reflects on the causes of the 2020 floods in Tabasco, Mexico, and presents recommendations that contribute to risk management. The PERC shows how key government and civil society stakeholders have made significant progress in recent years, both to manage the initial response and to support early recovery. In particular, examples are shared on lessons learned from past floods that have strengthened decision making that and achieved changes in reducing the impacts of the 2020 floods. Another valuable finding is to demonstrate how much more can and should be done to integrate proactive disaster risk management and resilience building into current policies, practices and budgets.

In addition to the full report, you can also find the following PERC related products:

Puede encontrar el informe completo, el resumen ejecutivo y el resumen de políticas en español aquí.

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