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In pictures: Mexican exodus

Flood evacuees spend the night in a shelter in Villahermosa on 3 November

Thousands of flood evacuees from Villahermosa, Mexico, have been spending the night in shelters.

Children watch TV in a shelter on 3 November after being evacuated from Villahermosa

These children are watching TV in one of the improvised reception points.

A rescue helicopter evacuates flood victims in Villahermosa on 3 November

Emergency services have their work cut out to evacuate thousands of people still stranded in Tabasco state.

A helicopter crewman evacuates a flood victim in Villahermosa on 3 November

President Felipe Calderon has ordered the entire air force to help bring supplies into the region and move people out.

Soldiers guard suspected looters in Villahermosa on 3 November

Troops have been sent in, too, to keep order. These soldiers are guarding suspected looters detained in Villahermosa.

An aerial view of waterlogged Villahermosa on 3 November

Some parts of the centre of this city of half a million are under 6m of water.

A motorist waits for help in Villahermosa on 3 November

Residents who can have left the city by their own transport. But the roads are hazardous as this stranded driver discovered.

People wait to be evacuated in Villahermosa on 3 November

For other residents of the city, the wait continues on roofs and upper storeys of buildings.

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