Villahermosa, Mexico, November 5, 2007—A resident of the city of Villahermosa holds a sign on the outskirts of town on Monday that proclaims himself among "the forgotten victims" of a major flood that hit the country this week.
Tabasco state Governor Andrés Granier said on Mexican radio that it would be three months before the state's capital city could fully recover from the devastating floods, which have forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate. (See more photos of the Tabasco floods.)
Even as floodwaters slowly recede, officials are warning that thousands of people are still at risk of contracting epidemic diseases such as influenza, cholera, and dengue fever. In addition, potentially dangerous snakes and crocodiles have been spotted swimming the flooded streets, according to the AFP news service.