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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Storms Rain on Mexico’s Budding Second-Half Recovery

PENA NIETO-OSCAR NARANJOThe Wall Street Journal, 9/25/2013

The widespread flooding and damage caused by two major storms that hit Mexico this month came just as the country’s economy was showing signs of recovering from a dismal first half of the year, threatening to put another dent in the country’s growth.

The government has yet to quantify the damage caused when Tropical Storm Manuel hit the Pacific coast and Hurricane Ingrid landed on the Gulf coast, but Finance Minister Luis Videgaray said it’s certain to exceed the $1 billion the government has in its natural disaster fund and insurance against catastrophes. The official said it was too early to talk of effects on economic growth.
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Mexico storms: Hurricane Manuel upgraded and near coast

osorio chongBBC News, 9/19/2013

US meteorologists say Tropical Storm Manuel, which has battered the south-west of Mexico, has gathered strength and is now a category one hurricane. Hurricane Manuel is now approaching north-western Mexico and threatens more destruction, the US National Hurricane Centre says. Tropical storms Manuel and Ingrid left at least 80 people earlier this week, and another 58 people are missing after the village of La Pintada in Guerrero state was buried in a landslide.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said rescue workers had not yet been able to search for survivors because conditions remained dangerous, with water gushing down the hillside where the collapse had happened.

Chaos as floods submerge Mexico’s Acapulco, death toll rises

Reuters, 9/18/2013

Popocatepetl volcano spews ashMexico’s famous beach resort of Acapulco was in chaos on Tuesday as hotels rationed food for thousands of stranded tourists and floodwaters swallowed homes and cars after some of the most damaging storms in decades killed at least 55 people across the country.

Television footage showed Acapulco’s international airport terminal waist deep in water and workers wading out to escape floods that have prevented some 40,000 visitors from leaving and blocked one of the main access routes to the city with mud.

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Mexico Begins Cleanup After Storms

Popocatepetl volcano spews ashThe Wall Street Journal, 9/17/2013

Mexico carried out rescue and cleanup efforts Tuesday in the wake of two cyclones that hit both coasts over the weekend, causing widespread flooding and landslides and killing several dozen people.

Tropical storm Manuel brought torrential rain to Pacific coast states, while on the Gulf coast, Hurricane Ingrid made landfall Monday before dissipating as it moved inland.

The Interior Ministry’s emergency-services department said that 35 people had been confirmed killed as of late Monday, including 15 people in southern Guerrero state on the Pacific coast, 12 in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, and others in Michoacan, Puebla, Hidalgo and Oaxaca.

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Big storms hit Mexico from opposite directions; at least 21 dead in mudslides, floods

cuidad juarezThe Washington Post, 9/16/2013

The remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel continued to deluge Mexico’s southwestern Pacific shoulder with dangerous rains while Hurricane Ingrid weakened to a tropical storm after making a Monday landfall on the country’s opposite coast in an unusual double onslaught that federal authorities said had caused at least 21 deaths.

The heaviest blow Sunday fell on the southern coastal state of Guerrero, where Mexico’s government reported 14 confirmed deaths. State officials said people had been killed in landslides, drownings in a swollen river and a truck crash on a rain-slickened mountain highway.

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