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Hurricane Karl death toll rises to 12 in Mexico

09-21-2010 10:33 BJT

MEXICO CITY, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Death toll caused by Hurricane Karl rose to 12 on Monday, President Felipe Calderon told a press conference on Monday.

The hurricane, which came onshore in eastern coast of the country's state Veracruz on Friday, has caused rivers in the eastern part of the country to overflow.

Calderon promised to continue dredging work to reduce the water levels in Veracruz and to conduct repairs.

"The rivers in the region are all above their historical levels. They must be reduced a little at a time. We are going to implement dredging works so that the reduction can be speeded up," he said.

Calderon gave the speech in Veracruz, where he was visiting to view the damage. Authorities there had previously reported 500,000 affected, including nine deaths and 100,000 evacuated from their homes.

Calderon also said several main roads were damaged.

"The most urgent work is removing mudslides and repairing the drainage. We will ask people to do short term work including cleaning-up," Calderon said.

Editor:Li yang |Source: Xinhua

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