Sunday, August 07, 2016

Tropical storm 'Earl' death toll rises to six in Mexico

Tropical storm "Earl" left six people dead and affected 8,200 people in its wake as it passed through the state of Veracruz in eastern Mexico, informed the state government on Saturday.

The state Ministry of Civil Protection said, via a press release, two landslides caused the death of six people in the municipalities of Coscomatepec and Tequila, both located in the center region of Veracruz.

In both cases the victims were families whose houses were buried by earth that came loose during the early hours of Saturday due to heavy rains, according to reports.

One of the incidents happened at 5:00 am local time in the town of Temazolapa, located in the mountainous municipality of Coscomatepec.

At the scene a 33-year-old man and his wife, 30, died along with their baby son aged one and a half. Their neighbors were able to rescue another of the couple's children, 8, according to the official report.

The other incident happened around 4:00 am local time in the town of Zacatlamanca, in the municipality of Tequila, where a family of the husband, wife and their three-year-old child died.

According to the state Ministry of Civil Protection, the tropical storm caused damage to 1,646 houses and affected 8,231 people in 15 municipalities in the central and southern regions of the state, including Jalapa, Cordoba, Catemaco, Zongolica, Hueyapan de Ocampo and Santiago Tuxtla...

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