Baja Under Martial Law

Hurricane odile spinning over Baja.

Image courtesy of Jeff Schmaltz, NASA

 

We are happy to hear from El Codo, who is alive and well if somewhat battered. He’s still without running water and his car was damaged in the storm. He writes:

“President EPN said live on (someone else’s) TV that Odile is the worst hurricane ever to strike Mexico. Cabo San Lucas is out of the tourist business for two months absolute minimum and that estimate may be pie in the sky. Martial law, state of emergency. Only military planes allowed in.”

San Jose del Cabo was devastated by the storm and further menaced by gangs of looters.

Codo directed me to this arresting video of the aftermath of Hurricane Odile. Here’s the current storm updates on specific towns and highways.

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  1. -El Codo- says:

    If I May…

    The press of course is doing it’s best to sensationalize everything.

    Mexico is not Madagascar or Mongolia. Thousands upon thousands of relief workers have been mobilized, and hundreds of tons of food, water, medicine, blankets and other essentials are being delivered. Soup kitchens have been set up.

    Fuel. The Pemex tank farm which feeds fuel to all of Baja California Sur is next to the fuel barge delivery docks in Pichilingue near La Paz. The giant CFE electrical generation plant is right next door. Fuel is being delivered there and to the smaller tank farm just north of Sta Rosalia.

    The ferries have been commandeered by presidential order. Each can haul around thirty truck trailer loads of critical cargo from the Ports in Mazatlan, Ships are bringing massive loads of building materials to Mazaltan from Manzanillo and the gigantic steel mill Las Truchas in Lazaro Cardenas.

    Military helicopters buzzed overhead today, their duty to check on remote ranchos, bring needed supplies (most are self-sustaining) and bring out injured folks.

    Life is hard in the cape region. La gente are totally absorbed in lessening their discomfort, and trying to put their lives into a basic sense of order. They are not going to starve,

    It’s going to take weeks to begin sorting all this out. But in reality frantic telephone calls will do nothing but hinder their efforts to repair their lives. Please understand. Friends will tell their American amigos the same thing a month from now when they start to get back on their feet.

    Even if it would go though and even if currency was available a wire transfer at the moment would do little if anything. There is nothing to buy for any amount of money. Prayers and hope are needed but Mexicans are masters at scrambling back to their feet. Stoicism in the face of adversity is a universal national characteristic. Have faith in the power of the Mexican family to bind everyone close. Rather than weep, try shouting “Go! Go! Go!”