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Latino Daily News

Monday September 16, 2013

Tropical Storms Ingrid and Manuel claim 34 Lives in Mexico

Twelve people died Monday in a mudslide in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz caused by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ingrid, Mexican authorities said.

Those fatalities brought to 34 the number of deaths blamed on Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel, a system that affected Mexico’s Pacific region over the weekend.

Monday’s mudslide buried several homes in the community of Xaltepec and the death toll there could rise, the Veracruz state government said.

Ingrid became a hurricane over the weekend in the Gulf of Mexico, but was downgraded to a tropical storm before making landfall Monday near La Pesca in Tamaulipas state, Veracruz’s northern neighbor.

The storm is expected to move inland and become a tropical depression later in the day, dissipating on Tuesday.

Ingrid, which was the second hurricane of the 2013 Atlantic season, could create dangerous conditions as it moves inland, forecasters said.

The remnants of Manuel, meanwhile, are forecast to produce heavy rains in sections of the southern state of Guerrero and the western state of Michoacan.

About 1 million people have been affected by the simultaneous storms, national emergency management office chief Luis Felipe Puente said.

Ingrid and Manuel affected two-thirds of Mexico’s territory over the past few days, Government Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio said.