Mexico Landslides Leave 11 Dead as New Storm Forms

Cheryl Sanders
August 8, 2016

The governor of the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, Javier Duarte, said Sunday that 10 people had died in landslides in the towns of Cocomatepec, Tequila and Huayacocotla.

The National Hurricane Center says that Tropical Storm Javier has formed off Mexico's Pacific Coast.

Before striking Mexico, Earl battered Belize last Thursday, smashing vehicle windows and punching holes in the roofs of Belize City's wooden houses.

"It is a tragedy what has happened to our people in Huauchinango", said Mayor Gabriel Alvarado.

Heavy rain continued throughout the area, leading officials to close a section of the main federal highway connecting Mexico City to the region.

In Puebla, where 28 died people died, Gov. Rafael Moreno Valle visited the areas affected by Tropical Storm Earl on Saturday, and has posted photos on his official Twitter account of some of the damage caused by the storm.

A rain-soaked hill crumbled and came sweeping down on an adjacent village, killing 11 people including eight minors, it said.

Javier was expected to brush Cabo San Lucas late Monday and continue raking the Pacific coast of the Baja peninsula.

The storm was staying offshore from Mexico's southwestern coast, and forecasters said Javier would approach the resort-dotted southern portion of the Baja California Peninsula by early Tuesday.

Hurricane Earl was briefly a Category One hurricane before it hit Belize and then Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. It also passed over Guatemala and southern Mexico before regaining strength over the Gulf of Mexico and making a second landfall on Veracruz's coastline late Friday.

The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 50 miles per hour (85 km/h) with higher gusts and was expected to dump four to six inches (10 to 15 cm) of rain in western Mexico, it said. It was expected to bring heavy rains and high winds to southwestern Mexico in the coming days, U.S. weather forecasters said.

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