Mexico City - As Tropical Storm Javier formed off Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Sunday, the death toll from the remnants of Hurricane Earl grew to 39.
Mexico City – As Tropical Storm Javier formed off Mexico’s Pacific Coast on Sunday, the death toll from the remnants of Hurricane Earl grew to 39.
Earl dumped rain and triggered deadly landslides across parts of eastern Mexico.
The governor of the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz,Javier Duarte, said Sunday that 11 people had died in landslides in the towns of Cocomatepec, Tequila and Huayacocotla. Officials in the central state of Puebla also reported at least one death in a landslide in the mountain town of Xaltepec.
Authorities were still searching the area for residents who were reported missing, according to a statement from the state government.
At least 28 people died in multiple mudslides in the mountainous north of Puebla state, National Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said in an interview with ForoTV. He said 25 of the dead were in various parts of the township of Huaucinango and three were in Tlaola.
Earl passed over Guatemala and southern Mexico before regaining strength over the Gulf of Mexico and making a second landfall southeast of Veracruz late Friday. “It is a tragedy what has happened to our people in Huauchinango,” said Mayor Gabriel Alvarado.