Jova caused rain and flooding in western Mexico
Small villages did not fare well
In one village, crops were destroyed
Hurricane Jova was not as damaging as other storms have been, but for small Mexican villages, it was hardly benign.
Mexican villages who were in Jova’s path face a prolonged recovery from the heavy rains and flooding that affected them this week.
The city of Manzanillo on Mexico’s Pacific coast bore the brunt of Jova. It was especially hit hard by the fierce rains of the storm. By Friday, the cleanup process was underway and many of the rivers that flooded were receding, but smaller villages are not faring as well.
In the village of Chavarin, on the outskirts of Manzanillo, floodwaters still inundated farmland, homes, roads and highways.
The Mexican Red Cross early Thursday delivered food and sanitary supplies. Each family, provided a blue bracelet for the purpose of receiving aid, waited in a long line to receive two boxes from the aid trucks.
The situation was calm but somber as boxes were placed in the hands of each family in need. The Red Cross distributed aid to some 300 families in the village. The agency would similarly travel to other small villages in the vicinity to provide aid. In all, they had enough supplies for 2,800 families for two weeks.
The food boxes contained essentials like cooking oil, rice, beans, sugar, tuna and more. They were handed out with aid boxes containing things like feminine hygiene products, shampoo, toothpaste, soap, toilet paper and deodorant.
Chavarin is among other things an agricultural village. Banana and coconut plantations are in abundance. The rains from Hurricane Jova badly flooded nearby rivers and although floodwaters have receded somewhat, these plantations remain completely under water.
Coconuts were torn from the trees, and according to one farmer, the entire banana crop was destroyed.
At this time of year, farmers would normally be planting things like chile peppers, tomatoes and limes, but because of the flooding they can’t plant yet. One farmer estimated that when the ground is dry enough to plant – maybe a month or more late – it will result in a crop loss in the upcoming season of up to 80% percent.