Town near epicenter of Mexico earthquake still in short supply of water, electricity
Water and electricity are still in short supply in this Mexican town two days after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Baja California state on the U.S. border.
The town, with a population of 100,000 and located 3 km south of Mexicali, epicenter of Sunday's earthquake, has endured two days without water. Electricity supply was also halved.
Local residents fear the shortage will last longer.
According to the National Water Commission, two canals in the region were damaged in the quake.
Both canals, Reforma and Delta, carry water from Morelos Dam in south Mexicali to the town. It may take 10 days to repair the Reforma Canal, while the Delta Canal has to be totally rebuilt.
Many local residents were seen still sleeping in the yards of their houses for fear of aftershocks.
"Nobody wants to go inside their houses, we are afraid," Juan Marquez, a 56-year-old resident, told Xinhua.
The government of Baja California feared the Mexicali Valley zone would be the area hardest-hit by the earthquake. But it is reported Baja California's governors have not yet visited Guadalupe Victoria to check the damage.
The earthquake struck Sunday, killing four people, injuring some 250 and affecting more than 5,000 families.