Message From Rooftop: 'Send the Police'

Thousands await aid in Mexican floods; 800,000 homeless
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2007 9:03 AM CST
Mexican Navy soldiers carry bottles of water for flood victims in Villahermosa, Mexico, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. Mexico's President Felipe Calderon called the flooding one of Mexico's worst recent natural...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – People in southeastern Mexico endured another day huddled in shelters or perched on rooftops as the flooding that has left 800,000 people homeless continued unabated, Reuters reports. The death toll rose to eight—seven in Chiapas state and one in Tabasco. But people are desperate for faster help: "Enough. There are children, pregnant women, sick women. Send the police," read a rooftop banner.

The military said it had evacuated 28,000 people under heavy fogs and rain. Electricity and both land-line and cellular phone networks are down in Tabasco, with drinking water just starting to be restored. Looting has been reported as provisions dwindle and aid stalls. The storms closed all three of Mexico's oil ports, preventing all exports.