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How Juarez authorities warn people about risks of crossing Rio Grande into U.S.

JUAREZ, Chihuahua (KVIA) -- After a body was found in the canal on the U.S. side Wednesday night, Juarez authorities spoke Thursday about how they prevent drownings.

With the number of migrants trying to cross the Rio Grande and Franklin canal growing, Juarez's Civil Protection Department says the crossings become more dangerous in the summer, because water levels are higher then. Drownings become more common in summer, officials say.

ABC-7 spoke with Sergio Rodriguez, the Commander of the Civil Protection Department in Juarez, who said now that water is been released on both sides of the border, people could face more risks.

Last year after a day of heavy rain, a migrant child drowned in the Rio Grande.

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Heriberto Perez Lara reports for ABC-7 on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.


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