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Puerto Vallarta Prepares for Rainy Season and Possible Cyclones

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – The Pacific hurricane season officially began on May 15th, 2024. In response, Puerto Vallarta’s Municipal Civil Protection Council has declared itself in permanent session, ready to act throughout the rainy and tropical cyclone season.

The council includes all municipal agencies, the DIF, and various state and federal entities such as State Civil Protection, the Army, Navy, Tourism, Business Chambers, and universities. Interim Mayor Francisco Jos茅 Mart铆nez Gil emphasized the importance of being prepared for natural disasters and thanked the participating agencies for their cooperation.

During the inaugural meeting, meteorologist V铆ctor Cornejo predicted a less intense rainy season for Puerto Vallarta, but warned that the Banderas Bay region is still at risk for severe weather. Forecasts for the Pacific include 3-4 major hurricanes, 4-5 less intense hurricanes, and 8-9 cyclones or tropical storms.

The council also discussed current preparations. Roberto Ramos V谩zquez, director of the Municipal DIF System, announced the availability of 17 temporary shelters that can accommodate 4,000 people. These shelters include the Municipal DIF Day House, TEC Vallarta, and the Puerto Vallarta Regional High School. A pet shelter is also ready to be activated if needed.

Public Works Director Jaime Gabriel P茅rez Meza reported that 75% of the work to clean canals and streams, including the Ban煤s neighborhood canal and the old Pitillal riverbed, has been completed. Jos茅 Ascenci贸n Gil Calleja, director of Municipal Public Services, emphasized the importance of preventive measures such as cleaning sewers and trimming potentially dangerous tree branches.

Gerardo Castill贸n Andrade, director of Civil Protection and Firefighters, outlined the operational plan designed to improve emergency response and coordination between agencies.

The Municipal Civil Protection Council reaffirmed its commitment to continuous monitoring and proactive measures to protect the population throughout this critical season. However, the absence of the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) was noted, as their quick and efficient response is crucial during severe weather events.

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