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Coastal Towns In Southwestern Mexico Flooded From Major Storm Surges From Hurricane Willa

Hurricane Willa made landfall on the Pacific Coast of Mexico and brought devastating winds and rains to the coastal town in its path. The storm strengthened from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane within 24 hours.

The affected areas concentrated on the Western Pacific — mainly in the Mexican states of Sinaloa and Nayarit.

Hurricane Willa made landfall on Oct. 23 as a strong Category 3 hurricane. However, villages and towns in the hurricane’s path are now underwater from the massive storm surges caused by the storm.

Parts of Sinaloa were battered relentlessly by Willa as she made her way through the Mexican states.

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Sinaloa en Linea, a news outlet in Mexico, reported that El Rio Baluarte en el Rosario, Sinaloa, was completely underwater.

Willa made landfall between the two popular tourist cities of Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta. The hurricane was about 50 miles southeast of Mazatlan.

“We’ve had rain all day. There is nobody in the streets. Everything is closed,” hotel worker Alberto Hernandez told The Mercury News. “But not everyone wanted to leave, even though authorities made it clear that he who stays does so at his own peril.”

Several coastal towns in the state of Nayarit flooded during the hurricane damaging building and turning streets into raging rivers.

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Nayarit suffered extensive infrastructure damage with water impacting roads, bridges and buildings in its path.

Nayarit residents are posting videos and photos showing the affects of Río San Pedro overflowing its banks.

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Coastal towns and those along the rivers experienced significant flooding. This hurricane season in the northeast Pacific basin broke the 1992 record for the most active season. Hurricane Willa was the 10th major hurricane to develop in the area.

There were no reported casualties from the hurricane. However, one video shows the strength of the flooding.

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There’s always someone who misjudges the strength of a storm and winds up needing to be rescued. Fortunately, this man was saved from being washed away from the rushing water.

Though there haven’t been casualties, there has been a lot of damage to buildings.

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The storm knocked out power and communication for thousands of people along the coast.

We’re sure it’s going to take a while assess the damage.

City officials in some areas did facilitate buses to evacuate villages.

Now that Willa is long gone, it can still turn into a nor’easter for parts of Texas and all through New England, CNN is reporting.

READ: Officials And Funeral Homes On Puerto Rico Are Reporting Vastly Different Death Toll Numbers After Hurricane Maria

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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This Indigenous Village In Mexico Trains Their Children As Soldiers To Combat Gang Violence

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In the town of Ayahualtempa, Mexico, in the state of Guerrero, reporters see a shocking image whenever they visit. Children armed with guns, trained to defend themselves. The disturbing scene is meant to be shocking. The village of Ayahualtempa is under constant attack. A prominent heroin “corridor”, they are the victims of violence and carnage at the hands of gangsters and the cartel.

In order to gain the Mexican government’s attention, the Ayahualtempa villagers dress their children up as soldiers. Then, they invite the media in.

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When reporters arrive, the children of Ayahualtempa dutifully line up and put on a performance. They march, they show how they would shoot a gun from one knee, or from flat on their bellies. They tell reporters that their mock-violent performance is “so the president sees us and helps us,” as a 12-year-old child named Valentín told the Associated Press.

Because the Mexican government doesn’t protect Ayahualtempa, the display of child soldiers is a form of protest for the small indigenous village. The people of this remote region of Guerrero want protection from the National Guard, and financial help for widows and orphans who have been made so from organized crime.

The villagers don’t trust local authorities, and for good reason. Guerrera is the Mexican state in which 43 teaching students were abducted and killed in an event that is known as the “Iguala mass kidnapping”. Authorities arrested 80 suspects in connection to the event. 44 of them were police officers, working in conjunction with a network of cartels.

Although the demonstrations function largely as a publicity stunt, violence is very much a part of these children’s lives.

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Parents train their children to walk to school with loaded guns, ready to defend themselves against violent gangsters.

The attention-grabbing antics have, to some extent, worked. On one occasion, the government donated some housing material. On another, benefactors gave the community’s orphans and widows scholarships and houses. But as soon as the periodic media storms die down, the federal government continues pretending Ayahualtempa doesn’t exist.

The hypocrisy of the government’s response is frustrating to many. “We’ve normalized that these children don’t eat, are illiterate, are farm workers. We’re used to the Indians dying young, but, ‘How dare they arm them!’” said local human rights activist Abel Barrera to the AP, with a heavy dose of sarcasm.

As for now, until the government moves to protect the community, they say they will continue their demonstrations. “They see that the issue of the children is effective for making people take notice and they think: If that’s what works, we’ll have to keep doing it,” said Barrera.

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

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Spanish Voiceover Actress For Jessie From Pokémon Dies And Fans Mourn

Pokémon fans in Latin America are mourning the death of Diana Pérez, the Spanish-language voice of Jessie of Pokémon’s Team Rocket. The voice actress has been voicing the character since 1997.

Diana Pérez, the voice actress of Team Rocket’s Jessie, died at 51.

Lalo Garza, a famed voice actor in Mexico, confirmed the death of the Pokémon voice actress.

“Rest in peace Diana Pérez, a strong, cultured, intelligent, and very talented woman. You are good now, friend. Nothing hurts anymore. Have a good trip,” reads the tweet.

Pérez has been a staple in the Spanish-language Pokémon fandom for decades.

Pérez was more than just he voice of Jessie. The voice actress was the voice of multiple anime characters including Luffy in One Piece and Kagura in Inuyasha. In recent years, Pérez had started branching out to directing, producing, and other branches in the entertainment industry.

Pérez’s death is being mourned by Pokémon fans outside of the Spanish-language fandom.

Sarah Natochenny is the English voice of Ash Ketchum in the Pokémon series, Jessie’s mortal enemy. The death of Pérez has impacted the larger Pokémon community. Pérez was a pivotal part of the Latin American Pokémon community for decades and her loss has devastated fans.

Descansa en paz, Diana.

There have been no plans announced for a replacement to voice Team Rocket’s Jessie. No official cause of death has been released either. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Pérez’s family and the greater Pokémon community mourning her passing.

READ: I Was Today Years Old When I Found Out This Mexican Pokémon

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