Hunt for miss­ing af­ter land­slides kill 45

The Myanmar Times - - World -

HUN­DREDS of sol­diers and res­cue work­ers searched for the miss­ing af­ter the rem­nants of Trop­i­cal Storm Earl trig­gered land­slides in cen­tral Mex­ico, killing at least 45 peo­ple.

Trudg­ing through mud up to their knees, emer­gency teams used snif­fer dogs to find more bod­ies in the rub­ble and worked to dig dam­aged homes out of the muck.

Among the bod­ies they un­cov­ered were those of An­to­nia Orozco and her month-old baby. She died clutch­ing her child in her arms as a river of mud washed over their house in the cen­tral vil­lage of Xal­te­pec.

Her mother-in-law, Al­berta Ne­grete, 62, also lost her four chil­dren and two other grand­chil­dren.

“My en­tire body hurts from pulling my­self out of the mud. God helped me,” she said.

Earl smashed into Cen­tral Amer­ica at hur­ri­cane strength on Au­gust 3 and then hit Mex­ico as a trop­i­cal storm on Au­gust 4 be­fore weak­en­ing to a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion.

But its rem­nants deadly punch.

Hard­est hit was the cen­tral state of Pue­bla, where 32 peo­ple died and hun­dreds lost their homes in the en­su­ing land­slides. – still packed a

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