17 September 2013, 02:40

Death toll from hurricane Ingrid climbs to 34

мексика ураган мексика разрушения

Hurricane Ingrid was downgraded to a tropical storm Monday but continued to pour heavy rain over eastern Mexico, where it killed at least 34 people.

The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, said Ingrid made landfall in Mexico near La Pesca in the state of Tamaulipas as a hurricane early Monday. The storm combined with high humidity left over by an earlier Pacific storm, Manuel, in a rare combination of two storms over Mexico.

It then weakened as it continued to move inland over Mexico with heavy rainfall expected in many states, the NHC and Mexico's National Meteorological Service (SMN) said.

A few hours later Ingrid was located about 125 kilometres west of La Pesca. It was moving west at 9 kilometres per hour with sustained winds of up to 55 kilometres per hour and higher gusts, the NHC said.

Thirty-four people were confirmed dead as a result of floods and mudslides associated with the storm in Mexico, Mexican authorities said Monday.

Fifteen of the victims died in the southern state of Guerrero, home to Acapulco and other resorts, and 12 in Veracruz, where a mudslide buried a bus and several homes in the town of Altotonga on Monday. Acapulco's airport remained closed.

Voice of Russia, dpa

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