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Hurricane Odile affect tourism, fisheries and agriculture in Mexico

Hurricane Odile affect tourism, fisheries and agriculture in Mexico

Posted by Ricardo Vázquez on September 22, 2014

The meteorological phenomenon known as Odile hit Mexico's Pacific coast and the Sea of Cortez with hurricane-force winds on September 15 and 16, 2014. Not surprisingly, major media outlets focused on the damage and inconveniences suffered by tourist areas such as Los Cabos and Cabo San Lucas, located in the state of Baja California Sur.

But Odile did not confine her fury to these two internationally renowned tourist destinations; she also slammed many other localities that will now need their share of help recovering in the aftermath of the storm.

Damage was severe in states such as Sinaloa and Sonora, which, although less visited by travellers to Mexico, are actually key players in the country's economic sector. Unfortunately, their stories went largely unreported outside local media. The newspaper El Debate described the effects of Odile on agriculture, the region's main economic activity —specifically in the town of Guasave, where “moisture generated by Hurricane Odile's abundant rain caused damage to recently planted vegetable crops.”

Moreover, the same paper reported on the state of fishing, another important contributor to the Mexican economy: “What should have been a time of work, activity, and glory days [ ... ] today is a sad picture of uncertainty and despair, since until yesterday the bad weather prevented us from working.” The word “devastation” was used to describe the effects of Odile on the seaside resort of Las Glorias, where damage was considerable.

Olivia Ruiz of the newspaper El Regional, which serves the community of Guasave, commented:

“The heavy seas that destroyed the houses nearest the ocean, the restaurants set up on the beach, and the public spaces built by the city with walkways, walls and thatched-roof gazebos are gone, almost entirely destroyed”.

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