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Floods inundate parts of Mexico

Source: Reuters - Tue, 27 Aug 2013 05:38 AM
Author: Reuters
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Thirteen people were killed when torrential rains triggered deadly landslides in Mexico's gulf state of Veracruz as weakening tropical depression Fernand moved northwest over central Mexico on Monday (August 26) and away from the country's major oil installations.

In the city of Martinez de la Torre, floodwaters swept through the city after heavy rains reportedly reaching up to 30 cm (12 inches) caused the Bobos River to swell.

In nearby Tuxpan, three people were killed after a massive downpour in the area triggered off landslides. In the town of Yecuatla, nine locals were killed after landslides crashed down over residential areas.

With flood waters creeping into homes, armed forces arrived in the town of Ursulo Galvan to evacuate at-risk residents.

Tropical depression Fernand had maximum sustained winds of 56 km (35 miles) per hour and moving further inland at about 14 km (9 miles) per hour, the NHC (National Hurricane Centre) said earlier on Monday (August 26).

It had made landfall near the coastal city of Veracruz early in the day.

Mexico's government discontinued all coastal warnings and the depression was seen weakening into a post-tropical remnant low later in the day.

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