The death toll from Hurricane Agatha in southern Mexico has risen to at least 10 and left about 20 missing, with heavy rains triggering landslides and flooding, local officials said Tuesday.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) says the first hurricane of the Pacific season since the record began in 1949 was the strongest for landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Agatha was weakened by heavy rains in the state of Veracruz on Tuesday, moving inland with its remnants.
“Right now we have about 20 people missing, most of them in the mountains,” Oaxaca State Governor Alejandro Murat told Radio Formula.
“When Agatha landed, the day ended without any casualties, but heavy rains on Tuesday morning caused rivers to burst their banks and landslides,” Murat said earlier in the day.
Earlier, three people were killed and eight were missing.
The Oxaca Civil Protection Office said two people, aged 18 and 21, were killed when a mountain section of the Santa Catarina Janaguia community collapsed.
Another woman was killed and her son was injured in a landslide in Llano del Chillar.
Agatha landed Monday as a Category Two Hurricane near Puerto Angel in Oaxaca – the second lowest on five scales – with winds of 175 kilometers (105 miles) per hour.
Mexico is regularly hit by tropical storms on its Pacific and Atlantic coasts, usually between May and November.
The deadliest storm to hit Mexico last year was a Category 3 hurricane called Grace, which killed 11 people in the eastern states of Veracruz and Puebla in August.
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