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Published on : Saturday, September 9, 2017
Hundreds of buildings were toppled in several states. Juchitan, Oaxaca were the hardest hit region where 36 people died and a third of the city’s homes were rendered uninhabitable.
Hurricane Katia roared onshore north of Tecolutal in Veracruz state, pelting the region with intense rains and winds.
Hurricane Katia, a Category 1 storm maximum sustained winds dropped to 75 mph(120kph) as reported by the U.S National Hurricane Center when it made a landfall. It further weakened over land into a tropical storm and it was expected to dissipate over the course of Saturday.
Life threatening floods and storm surge off the Gulf of Mexico was still expected, however the extent of the storm’s impact was not clear.
President Enrique Pena Nieto mentioned that so far 45 people in the Oaxaca state, 12 in Chiapas and 4 in Tabasco were killed. He declared three days of national mourning.
A hospital and about half the city collapsed into rubble, killing 36 in Juchitan , located on the narrow waist of Oaxaca known as the Istmus.
A resident reported that he felt like the house was coming down on top of us, though they were used to earthquakes, when the ground started moving, he waited a while with his family to stop until the objects began to fall and they moved towards the street.
Rescue operations are on with sniffer dogs and heavy machinery saving bodies from the rubble. Authorities worked on re-establishing water supply and food providing medical attention.
Pena Nieto said authorities were working to re-establish the supply of water and food and provide medical attention to those who need it. He vowed the government would help rebuild.