Tropical Storm in Mexico death toll jumps to 40

The death count in Mexico’s landslides and flooding has jumped to 40 after Tropical Storm Earls swept through the country’s eastern regions.

The worst hit is state Puebla, where 30 died, Another 10 people were killed in the state of Veracruz.

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The Mexican army has been deployed for digging out buried homes.
Source: bbc
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Some remote localities were virtually wiped out by powerful landslides.
Source: bbc

Earl made landfall in Belize this week as a Category One hurricane, after causing destruction in the Caribbean.

The storm was later downgraded to a tropical depression but it still left a path of destruction in Mexico.

Most of the victims were in the remote town of Huauchinango, Puebla.

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A rescue operation is under way in and around Huauchinango, Puebla.
Source: bbc

Most of them died after their houses were flooded by tonnes of mud and rocks.

A whole hill collapsed near Huauchinango, sweeping down on a nearby village.

Officials were forced to close a section of the main federal motorway to the capital Mexico City due to heavy rain  in the region.

 

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