Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mexico mudslides, floods kill 14

People stand in a flooded street in Veracruz on Monday. Photo: Reuters

More than a dozen people have died in eastern Mexico, in landslides triggered by heavy rain caused by tropical depression Fernand.

Thirteen people were killed when mud engulfed their homes on hillsides in Veracruz state.

Another man drowned after being swept away by fast-flowing floodwaters in neighbouring Oaxaca.

Fernand made landfall near the Atlantic port city of Veracruz on Monday and weakened as it moved north-west.

State police are looking for corpses after a landslide killed at least 14 people in Mexico August 26, 2013. Photo: Reuters

Veracruz Governor Javier Duarte has asked the federal government to declare an emergency in 92 municipalities, so they can receive recovery funds.

Veracruz Civil Protection Director Noemi Guzman Lagunes said almost 300 people had been moved to shelters.

Officials said damage had affected 10% of highways and major roads in Oaxaca.

The US National Hurricane Center said Fernand had packed winds of 85km/h (50mph) when it made landfall, but weakened quickly once it hit land.

Fernand, which had started off as a tropical storm before weakening to a tropical depression, was the fifth named storm of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.

The season runs from 1 June to 1 November.