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10,000 displaced in Mexico

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | September 25, 2002

More rain was headed for Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday as disaster responders there assessed damages from Hurricane Isidore's weekend visit.

Representatives from the Church World Service's Mexico office reported that Hurricane Isidore left some 10,000 people from the Yucatan Peninsula in shelters. Eighty percent of those affected remained without electricity and drinking water Wednesday.

Thousands of acres of corn were destroyed as well.

In other areas of Mexico -- including Campeche, Chiapas and Quintana Roo -- some 7,000 people remained evacuated.

Mexico's Mayan ruins fared far better than its modern housing, which was uprooted and washed away when Isidore struck. Many homes had cinderblock walls and sheet metal roofs.

More rain is expected this week.

Meanwhile Tropical Storm Lili was churning in the eastern Caribbean, and forecasters were calling for little strengthening of that storm. Its sustained winds were about 40 mph Wednesday.

Even if Lili is downgraded to a tropical depression, the Dominican Republic and Haiti could still see 10 inches of rain starting Wednesday. Tropical storm watches were posted for both countries Wednesday.

Lili was carrying a bundle of thunderstorms, according to the National Hurricane Center, and so Haiti and the Dominican Republic could see torrential flooding and mudslides.

Lili was expected to directly hit Haiti's southwest peninsula, though forecasters said it could bypass the Dominican Republic.

As a tropical depression Monday, Lili's 60-mph winds damaged more than 130 homes in Barbados. In St. Vincent, Lili damaged at least 40 houses.

Cuba -- after being hit by a strong Hurricane Isidore earlier this week -- was also in Lili's path.

Meanwhile Subtropical Storm Kyle had not yet made the transition to a tropical storm by Wednesday afternoon, and remained a hazard only to marine interests over the central Atlantic.

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