Land­slides leave 38 dead in Mex­ico

The Myanmar Times - - World -

LAND­SLIDES trig­gered by Trop­i­cal Storm Earl’s rem­nants have killed at least 38 peo­ple in Mex­ico even as a new storm threat­ened the coun­try’s Pa­cific coast.

A to­tal of 28 died in cen­tral Pue­bla state, at least 15 of them mi­nors, as land­slides buried sev­eral houses, the state gov­ern­ment said on Aug 7.

The other 10 died in sim­i­lar cir­cum­stances in the east­ern state of Ver­acruz, its gov­er­nor said.

In the town of Huauchi­nango, the amount of rain that nor­mally falls in a month came pour­ing down in just 24 hours, Pue­bla gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said in a state­ment.

A hill crum­bled and came sweep­ing down on an ad­ja­cent vil­lage, killing 11 peo­ple, in­clud­ing eight mi­nors, they said.

Sev­eral high­ways in Pue­bla were ripped up, two bridges col­lapsed and power was knocked out in sev­eral towns and vil­lages.

Gov­er­nor Rafael Moreno Valle pledged to re­build dam­aged struc­tures and posted on Twit­ter pho­tos of him­self walk­ing in mud and res­i­dents help­ing in clean-up ef­forts. –

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