The official death toll from the cold front in northern Mexico reached 14 this Wednesday after six new deaths were reported in the last hours, while alerts continue for a new cold front and the tenth winter storm of the season.
Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, reported four new deaths of people poisoned by heaters, and the authorities of Matamoros, Tamaulipas, found an older adult deceased in his home and another in his vehicle.
These deaths are in addition to those previously recorded in Ciudad Juárez, where a motorcyclist skidded on the icy pavement and an older man slipped on the ice leaving a supermarket.
Also added are two day laborers who died of hypothermia in Río Bravo, Tamaulipas, and the death of three homeless people and an older adult in the metropolitan area of Monterrey, the most affected by the disaster.
Despite the cold front and the ninth winter storm moving away from Mexico, the National Meteorological Service (SMN) forecast temperatures of between 15 to 10 degrees below zero for this Wednesday in areas of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, and Nuevo León.
The SMN forecasts the fall of sleet or snow in the Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Sonora mountains, and “punctual heavy” rains of 25 to 50 millimeters with lightning storms in Chihuahua and Coahuila.
The deaths in Mexico add to the death of at least 14 people in the United States, where about 7.7 million were without electricity and the cold affected some 200 million people.
Although a blackout in Mexico originally affected 4.8 million users in the states of Nuevo León, Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, and Durango, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) raised the number of people affected by the load cuts to 5.9 million in 23 states.
In its latest report, the CFE assured that now only 89,183 users are without power in the states of Chihuahua and Tamaulipas, representing 0.21% of all customers in the affected states.
The blackouts and the cold have left losses of at least 2.7 billion dollars in the six border states of northern Mexico, with 2,600 companies affected and almost 1.3 million direct workers, according to the National Council of the Maquiladora Industry and Export Manufacturing (Index).
Although the cold has subsided in the northern states of the country, with some already exceeding 20 degrees Celsius, the SMN forecast for Thursday that the 10th winter storm will be located over the north and northeast of Mexico.
This next cold front will cause a frigid environment and the possibility of sleet and snow falling in the mountains of Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Nuevo León.