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Latino Daily News

Tuesday September 28, 2010

Tropical Storm Matthew Claims At Least Six

Monday, authorities said remnants of Tropical Storm Matthew, which was later downgraded to a tropical depression, left six and possibly more dead with four missing and floods that forced thousands of people to leave their homes.

Chiapas was hit hardest as four people died, three went missing and around 2,000 were evacuated. 800 homes, as well as water systems and highways were severely damaged.

Nuevo Leon, a Texas-border state, suffered two fatalities due to the rain, another is missing and because of a mudslide in a residential neighborhood, several families were evacuated.

The two died in rural Allende when the Mireles stream took a car carrying three men away. Hours later, two of the bodies were found while the search continues for the body of the third.

Earth and boulders broke from a Loma Larga mountain hillside on Sunday in Monterrey and buried nine parked cars. 84 people were evacuated as a precaution.

Rains of more than 6 inches raised rivers’ levels and swamped Villahermosa, the state capital.

Of 10 of Tabasco’s rivers, seven flooded.

And in Gulf coast Veracruz, previously battered by Hurricane Karl last week, damage was minor. However, heavy rains swelled Papaloapan and Coatzacoalos rivers.

With thousands of people affected as it headed to the Gulf of Mexico, Matthew downgraded to a tropical depression and it moved away from Central America.