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UPDATE ON THE SITUATION IN THE STATE OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA AFTER HURRICANE DEAN

UPDATE ON THE SITUATION IN THE STATE OF THE YUCATAN PENINSULA AFTER HURRICANE DEAN (Forimmediaterelease.net) Mexico, D.F., August 22nd, 2007 – In the early morning hours of August 21st, after Hurricane Dean sides swept the State of Quintana Roo, specifically in the northern part of Chetumal, Dean, carried himself with benevolence in the southeast of part of the Yucatan Peninsula only leaving behind heavy rain and wind specifically in the areas of, Peto, Tekax, Oxkutzcab, Ticul, Muna y Maxcanú and continue his course to the state of Campeche already as a Category 3.

In Mérida, residents only experienced winds and rain beginning the night of the 20th until the afternoon of the 21st. The aftermath was well received by the local tourists in Meridia, with sunshine. State officials and congress are pleased that Quintana Roo was spared of what could have been a much worse situation.

The airport in Mérida never closed, it is currently functioning and flights have left on schedule. Bus lines resumed their routes today, since none of the highways suffered damages, specifically toll roads that lead to Cancun that are already open for all types of vehicles. The archaeological sites, museums and services opened their doors at 8 am this morning and will remain open until 5 pm.

The hotels in Mérida, Valladolid and Chichén Itzá were booked with a high occupancy rate, and as of today, have a 70% occupancy rate.

The Secretary of Tourism in Quintana Roo has announced that the airports in and Cozumel and Cancun are open and flights are leaving as scheduled. At this moment, there is no information on the airport in Chetumal, since there is no communication at this time with the state.

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