Mexican floods hit nearly a million

Mexican floods hit nearly a million
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Almost a million people have been affected by serious flooding in southern and eastern Mexico, according to the authorities. Torrential rain has battered five states, killing at least seven people.

Three workers were carried away by a torrent of mud and stones as they cleaned a drain.

President Felipe Calderon has visited the state of Tabasco, which he said had been struck by the biggest ever rainstorm in its history – worse than another three years ago which killed dozens and left many homeless.

Thousands of people have been put up in emergency shelters. In at least one city soldiers have been patrolling flooded areas to avoid looting.

The region’s been hit by several tropical storms and a tropical depression which turned into a cyclone in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dozens of people have died in Guatemala, which the authorities say is experiencing its worst rainy season in 60 years.

Rescuers have now given up looking for at least 15 people, mostly indians, missing after a landslide. They were buried as they rushed to help save others trapped in a bus by a previous mudslide.

The country’s president says some 400 million euros worth of damage has been caused. He added that Guatemala doesn’t have the means to deal with it, just four months after the devastation caused by tropical storm Agatha.

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