Tuesday 21 November 2017

58 people feared dead after Mexico landslide

Press Association

FIFTY-eight people are feared dead after a massive landslide smashed through a tiny coffee-growing village deep in Mexico's southern mountains as storms battered the country.

Rescuers were battling heavy rain as they tried to evacuate the last 45 residents of La Pintada.

The same storm that devastated Acapulco and surrounding areas over the weekend regenerated into Hurricane Manuel and was hitting the Pacific coast again but further north, just offshore from the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan.

The US National Hurricane Centre said the Category One hurricane was expected to move slightly inland and continue to dump rain on fishing villages. It is a third blow to a country still reeling from the one-two punch of Manuel's first landfall and Hurricane Ingrid on Mexico's eastern coast.

Officials raised the death toll from the passage of Manuel and Hurricane Ingrid from 60 to 80 yesterday, not including the landslide victims.

Irish Independent

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