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Hurricane Agatha hits Mexico at least 11 dead, 33 others missing

Hurricane Agatha hits Mexico at least 11 dead, 33 others missing

Oaxaca Governor Alejandro Murat said Wednesday that at least 11 people have been killed and 33 missing from Oaxaca, Mexico, following deadly flooding and landfall in the southern state of Hurricane Agatha.

Agatha – the strongest storm to hit Mexico’s Pacific coast in May since record-keeping began in 1949 – made landfall on Monday as a Category Two hurricane.

It slammed a portion of small beach towns and fishing villages with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph and moved inland to the mountainous regions of Oaxaca, where it lost its strength.

Agatha had a torrential downpour that caused the rivers to overflow and rapidly eroded the mountains.

Murat said the storm affected more than 40,000 people in the state. Many people have lost electricity or seen their homes destroyed.

Most of the 11 victims were either buried in the landslide or drowned in the flash floods that washed them away.

A gas station sign is located on the floor after Hurricane Agatha in San Isidro del Palmar, Oaxaca State, Mexico.
Reuters
Aerial View Of The Heavily Damaged Puente Herradura (Herradura Bridge) Following The Passage Of Hurricane Agatha In Oaxaca State, Mexico.
Aerial view of the heavily damaged Puente Herradura (Herradura Bridge) following the passage of Hurricane Agatha in Oaxaca State, Mexico.
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As first responders continued to search for the missing and begin recovery efforts, Mexican officials were looking at the threat of another potential tropical storm.

Forecasters said a large area of ​​thunderstorms along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula has a 70% chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next 48 hours.

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A Man Cleans A Road After Hurricane Agatha Passes Through Huatulco In The State Of Oaxaca, Mexico.
A man cleans a road after Hurricane Agatha passes through Huatulco in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico.
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A Beach Is Covered In Rubbish And Debris After Hurricane Agatha In Zipolite, Oaxaca State, Mexico.
A beach is covered in rubbish and debris after Hurricane Agatha in Zipolite, Oaxaca state, Mexico.
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