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Rare sea bottom phenomenon flooding families in Oaxaca

San Mateo del Mar, Oaxaca — A rare occurrence known as the sea-bottom phenomenon is flooding those who live in San Mateo del Mar in Oaxaca.

Civil Protection and the Navy of Mexico say they have evacuated 23 families so far which includes ten minors and four children, adding that several people did not want to leave their homes despite being flooded for fear of theft of their few belongings.

They report that the country’s Marine Plan is in place, helping those move their belongings to safe places. Personnel of the Preventive Police of the State and of the Navy of Mexico continue supporting the families affected by Mar de Fondo in the indigenous community of the Ikoot zone in the region of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.

According to Civil Protection, the effect of this rare phenomenon has generated waves of 2.5 to 3 meters high. The risk for flooding remains high in the coastal area of the Oaxaca.

The State Unit for Civil Protection recommends people remain cautious as this natural effect will continue to occur for at least the next 48 hours.

Mar de Fondo or sea bottom affect, is the movement of waves that spread outside the area where it has been generated. It usually reaches far away places and has no relationship with the presence of wind, however, it is caused by wind that originated in a different area.

Mar de Fondo is not the same as a tsunami, since a tsunami is due to seismic movement at the bottom of the sea.