TIJUANA, Mexico, Oct. 31 (UPI) — Officials in Tijuana, Mexico, say the city is fast running out of cemetery space as population and violence increase.
Yamil Lopez de Anda, the city’s chief of landscaping and cemeteries, said 2.5 acres will be added to a cemetery in the city’s east side, but that will only last two more years, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Sunday. He said the city wants to buy land to create a new cemetery but that plan is not solid.
The government of Baja California says the leading causes of death for the state are heart disease, diabetes and malignant tumors, but for those ages 15 to 29 it is violence, suicides and vehicle accidents. That age group represents the largest proportion of the state’s more than 3 million residents.
“In addition to the population growth, we have many violent deaths during the year,” said Lopez de Anda.
City figures show an average of six people a day are buried in municipal cemeteries, and between 2008 and 2010 there were 2,327 killings recorded. This year, 405 killings have been reported in Tijuana through Oct. 19.