Hunt for missing after landslides kill 45
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