From: Associated Press
Published December 23, 2004 12:00 AM

Mexico Pays Indians Who Threatened Mexico City Water Supply

MEXICO CITY — Mexican water authorities gave almost US$120,000 (euro89,500) to 110 Mazahua Indians on Wednesday to compensate for damages to their land caused by flooding at a dam that supplies water to Mexico City.

The 2003 overflow at the Villa Victora dam just west of the city ruined crops planted by five Mazahua communities.

In September, the Indians demanded compensation for those losses and blockaded a water treatment plant, a move that temporarily threatened to interrupt city water supplies.

The new compensation is in addition to an earlier government grant of thousands of Christmas tree seedlings to plant for cash income. The Mazahuas live in the high, pine-covered mountains west of Mexico City.

In addition, authorities of Mexico's National Water Commission promised to build water treatment plants for three Mazahua communities and pledged those plants would be finished by January.

Source: Associated Press

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