Chiquihuite: for 2 decades they warned of risk

For two decades, the Institute of Geology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (ONE) studied the conditions of instability and landslides on the slope of the Cerro del Chiquihuite, and warned about the risk for the inhabitants of the area.

In an interview with 24 HOURS, Wendy Vanesa Morales, a researcher at the Institute, pointed out that the subject is not unknown, since only last year they collaborated with the Secretariat for Comprehensive Risk Management and Civil Protection of the Government of Mexico City, in the update of the Risk Atlas and a slope instability map, in which it was concluded that the danger in the area went from high to very high.

“We carried out the first study 15 years ago for this region and now, with all the technology, new images and better methodologies, we realized that this condition of being of high instability became very high,” he said.

The foregoing, he added, due to the level of urbanization that now has the Chiquihuite, extreme modifications to the natural slope, extraordinary rains and even forest fires.

After indicating that the Institute of Geology of the ONE she has not had contact with the authorities of the State of Mexico, since the studies have been prepared with the Government of Mexico City, the researcher said that awareness-raising work is required.

KNOWLEDGE

According to Study of the Western Slope of Cerro del Chiquihuite, Mexico City Using GIS and GPS, prepared by the UNAM in 2006, the risk for the inhabitants of the surroundings of the Cerro del Chiquihuite was high at that time and it revealed that despite the measures to reinforce security, “these are not necessarily sufficient, especially since the urban spot ”.

The text, carried out as part of a study that was carried out between 2000 and 2006, concludes that “the Cerro del Chiquihuite is one of the areas where the existing risk endangers a large number of inhabitants, both in the DGAM as well as the municipality of Tlalnepantla ”.

Likewise, it is detailed that in times of rain, “the intense rainfall coupled with the steep slopes, can lead to events of great impact.”

APPOINTMENT:
“For more or less 15 years, we had already detected these areas, we had already worked with authorities from past administrations and, at the time, they were alerted”
Wendy Vanesa Morales
Researcher at the Geology Institute of UNAM

He still criticizes the situation after the landslide

The Government of the State of Mexico will extend the work on the Cerro del Chiquihuite to try to save the lives of the three people who remain missing.

The Secretary General of Government, Ernesto Nemer, acknowledged that the situation is critical because any vibration would affect the area, although there is already machinery to remove the rocks.

For his part, General Coordinator of Civil Protection, Samuel Gutiérrez, and the mayor of Tlalnepantla, Raciel Pérez, reported that at the moment more than 60 tons of material have been placed to contain and stabilize the slope. “The engineers marked us a perimeter of 200 meters around so that (…) they could continue with the work,” added Gutiérrez Macías.

The mayor indicated that the families argue that they do not want to leave their homes for safety reasons. “We have found some cracks (…) with the drones and the images that we have, the specialist engineers will tell us what is happening.”

He still criticizes the situation after the landslide

The Government of the State of Mexico will extend the work on the Chiquihuite hill to try to save the lives of the three people who remain missing.

The Secretary General of Government, Ernesto Nemer, He acknowledged that the situation is critical because any vibration would affect the area, although there is already machinery to remove the rocks.

For his part, General Coordinator of Civil Protection, Samuel Gutiérrez, and the mayor of Tlalnepantla, Raciel Pérez, reported that at the moment more than 60 tons of material have been placed to contain and stabilize the slope. “The engineers marked us a perimeter of 200 meters around so that (…) they could continue with the work,” he added. Gutierrez Macías.

The mayor indicated that the families argue that they do not want to leave their homes for safety reasons. “We have found some cracks (…) with the drones and the images we have, the specialist engineers will tell us what is happening.”

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