Story By: Juan Fenandez Mayes, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This is the giant fake rat that caused a flood together with tonnes of other rubbish which drowned a 54-year-old woman trapped inside her flat.
The giant rat was pictured after being pulled from the water in the Magdalena Contreras borough of the Mexican capital city of Mexico City on Friday 18th September.
It was found among 20 tonnes (44,092 lbs) of rubbish that was blocking a drainage system that caused flooding in the city after experiencing uncommonly strong rainfall in the season.
The woman that died, named in local media reports as ‘Dona Mari’ (Miss Mari) and aged 54, drowned in her flat after the water flooded into her residence.
The water caused furniture to move and block the door trapping her inside and drowning her.
Her body was discovered by a neighbour who went looking for her after noticing she was not with the rest of the residents in the area who had gathered after leaving their homes.
Authorities cleaned the drainage system in the area in hopes of reducing the flooding, and that is when they found the giant fake rat. Locals were baffled and it is unclear where it came from.
Mayor Patricia Ortiz Coutier issued a statement saying: “It has been five arduous days of teamwork to help the families that were affected.
“On the days spent cleaning the river and ravine we found tonnes of garbage, we cannot allow for this accumulation of waste which places many families at risk.”
It is speculated the dump was created by people in charge of disposing of waste who simply throw it in a river instead of taking it to its designated area.
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