At least 38 dead after tropical storm triggers landslides in Mexico

At least 38 people are dead in eastern Mexico after tropical storm Earl brought heavy rains and triggered landslides, officials said Sunday.

28 people died in the state of Puebla, while an additional 10 people died in the coastal state of Veracruz, Governor Javier Duarte said on Twitter.

Three victims, all from the same family, died in Coscomatepec, a municipality located approximately 300 kilometres east of Mexico City, authorities said Saturday.

The young family's home was buried by a mudslide; the father, mother and one of their sons died. Their second child, an eight-year-old boy, was rescued alive.

Three other people also died in a landslide south of the main highway near Tequila. In Xalapa, the state capital of Veracruz, several houses collapsed.

Tropical storm Earl, which formed with hurricane force near Belize on Thursday, was downgraded to a low-pressure tropical system on Saturday, with winds reaching 55 kilometres per hour.

Last update: Mon, 08/08/2016 - 08:42

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