Officials in Mexico have confirmed that at least 40 people have been killed in the country, owing to landslides which have happened in the aftermath of the tropical storm Earl. The tropical storm Earl had swept in from the Caribbean Sea at Hurricane strength on Wednesday last week, striking the coast just south of Belize’s Capital and wreaking havoc. There were power lines were torn own, roofs of houses sheared off and tress uprooted, as the level 1 hurricane Earl slowed down to a Tropical storm and sustained wind speeds of around 65mph while the town was still flooding.
The tropical storm eventually weakened as it headed westwards and became a tropical depression. Even though it was a tropical depression, it lashed the southern parts of Mexico with heavy rainfall and ended with heavy rainfall even in the central part of Mexico. In the aftermath of the storm, many landslides occurred in different parts of the country with the central state of Puebla and the eastern state of Veracruz taking a beating.
Landslides buried several homes located in the northern mountains of the state of Puebla, killing 29 people, including 15 minors. 11 more people were killed in similar circumstances in the state of Veracruz. Power supply was knocked out in several towns, highways were ripped apart and bridges collapsed as the tropical depression hit the eastern and central states of Mexico with heavy rainfall.
Moreno Valle, the Governor of the state of Veracruz had warned that the death toll could rise further as the search and rescue teams were still searching for missing people.
This comes amid rising tensions in the area as, a fresh storm has formed off the pacific coast, threatening the country with more heavy rainfall and high speed winds, which could only worsen the situation in the country.
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