Ex-Hurricane Earl death toll surpasses 45 as floods and landslides hit eastern Mexico

08/09/2016 Independent

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At least 45 people have died in eastern Mexico following flash floods and landslides that saw homes swept away after rain that residents said was heavier than any they’d seen in their lives.

As rescue efforts continued on Tuesday in several mountain communities, officials warned the death toll from the weekend storms could yet go higher.

Most of those who died were in Puebla State with the remainder in the neighbouring state of Veracruz, officials said. The region was slammed at the weekend by the remnants of what had been Hurricane Earl, a category 1 storm that had earlier pummeled Belize.

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