Hurricane Dean decimated Mexican ecosystems

2019-02-27 07:20:02

The human death toll caused by hurricane Dean was thankfully modest when it hit Mexico on 21 August. That’s because it bypassed most populated areas. But as a consequence, wildlife was left to take the brunt of it and early field reports suggest some of the damage was severe. Dean’s impact as it passed though Mexico’s southern state of Quintana Roo was kept to a minimum because evacuation plans worked well, and the category 5 storm struck a heavily forested area where relatively few people live. However, it severely stressed reefs and mangroves in the region,