Close at the heels of hurricane Pauline that destroyed parts of Mexico in October killing at least 230 people and rendering 3,00,000 homeless, another hurricane -- Rick -- struck the fishing villages and tourist resorts over the country's southern coast on November 10. High seas, heavy rains and winds up to 120 km per hour destroyed roads, damaged bridges, severed communication links and drove hundreds of people from homes in holiday resorts such as Huatulco, Puerto Escondido and Puerto Angel. All airports and seaports in the area were closed and power supply in the region was disrupted. But there were no reports of injuries or deaths.
The limited extent of the damage due to hurricane Rick has been attributed to two factors. Firstly, the hurricane was nowhere as strong as Pauline. Secondly, after suffering the havoc in the pervious hurricane, people responded to the warning well in time to significantly curtail the damage to life and property. Also helping preparedness this time were hundreds of rescue workers from across Mexico still deployed in the affected parts to handle the aftermath of the hurricane Pauline.
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