38 lives lost to Tropical storm Earl in Mexico

Published on : Monday, August 8, 2016

MexicoThe massive landslides and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Earl has swept through Mexico’s eastern part. The death toll has jumped to 38 in the country.

 

The state of Puebla has been the worst hit, where officials say 28 people have died. Another 10 people were killed in the state of Veracruz.

 

Earl, which was briefly a hurricane before hitting Belize and the Yucatan Peninsula, dumped rain and triggered deadly landslides across parts of eastern Mexico.

 

The governor of the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, said Sunday that 11 people had died in landslides in the towns of Cocomatepec, Tequila and Huayacocotla. A whole hill collapsed near Huauchinango, sweeping down on a nearby village, officials say.

 

Authorities were still searching the area for residents who were reported missing, according to a statement from the state government.

 

A section of the main federal motorway to Mexico City has been closed by the officials due to continued heavy rain.

 

After forming in the western Caribbean on Aug. 2, Earl made landfall as a Category 1 hurricane near Belize City on Aug. 4. It was the first hurricane to make landfall in Belize or anywhere in the western Caribbean Sea west of Jamaica since 2012.

 

Mayor Gabriel Alvarado said that, it is a tragedy what has happened to the people in Huauchinango.

 

The extreme weather condition in Haiti and the Dominican Republic has killed at least nine people, as the storm passed over the region. Federal transportation authorities said the area had received a month’s worth of rain in 24 hours.

 

The picture has been taken from BBC.

 

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