Landslides leave 38 dead in Mexico
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. –