Tucson (AZ), Jun 11 (EFE News) .– The deaths of undocumented migrants do not stop in the Arizona desert, and during the first five months of 2021 81 deaths were reported, according to figures released Friday by the Compassionate Borders group.
Only during May, 17 deaths were reported, five more than the 12 reported in May 2020, the organization indicated in its most recent report.
These data are based on figures from the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office.
These numbers come at the same time that the Border Patrol issued a warning about the deadly risk posed by entering the Arizona desert, especially this weekend when temperatures are expected to exceed 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43.3 Celsius).
“To avoid death or the risk of permanent damage from severe dehydration, a person walking through the Arizona desert in the heat of summer should consume no less than two gallons of water per day. A gallon of water weighs approximately three kilos; therefore, it is physically impossible for the average person to carry enough water with them, “the federal agency warned in a statement.
The increase in the migratory flow reported in recent months in states such as Arizona and Texas, together with the high temperatures, could be a lethal combination that threatens the lives of migrants who try to enter the desert in the coming days.
In 2020, 226 deaths were reported on the Arizona border, the highest number since 2010, when 224 deaths were recorded.
The deaths recorded this year in the Arizona desert are practically on par with those recorded last year.
According to the Compassionate Borders database, in the past 15 years about 3,658 migrants have died on the Arizona border alone.