Guanajuato, Guanajuato January 12, 2023.- The Secretariat for Migrants and International Liaison remains in a state of alert, regarding the intense rains that have kept the state of California under water for two weeks.
Juan Hernández, head of the SMEI, said that the instruction of Governor Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo is to maintain close communication with the Mexican and North American authorities, through the consulates to offer Guanajuato migrants the support they need in this case.
“At the moment, we do not know of any Guanajuatense that requires our support, but we are in communication with our office in Los Angeles, with the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles and our clubs.”
Hernández said that the US federal and state governments have already provided shelters and shelters for the millions of residents who were on alert for flooding in: California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Utah, Arizona and Wyoming.
Also for the almost 50,000 people who received evacuation orders and more than 110,000 homes and businesses that, since Tuesday, had been without electricity due to heavy rains, lightning, hailstorms, and landslides.
“What we do know is that there are a minimum of 18 people who have died, again, according to the Los Angeles consulate, it appears that there have been none from Guanajuato.”
The head of the SMEI reported that in California, according to the last census of the National Population Council, CONAPO, in that area of the United States, there are around 350,000 Guanajuato residents and there are 91 migrant clubs from Guanajuato.
He said flood watches continue and mainly cover northern and central California, in the counties of: The Golden, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, AlamedaMontecito, parts of Santa Barbara, Sacramento, Summerland, North Bay and Redding, to name a few, where more than 0.5 inches of rain per hour is expected to fall in the afternoons, according to the Weather Prediction Center.
Faced with this situation, Juan Hernández made the following telephone number of the Secretariat available to Guanajuatans who are in the American Union to provide all possible information and procedures: (52) 473 459 97 94this phone is direct and receives WhatsApp messages.
They can also be contacted through social networks at: @MigranteGto.