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Mexican state Oaxaca reports one storm death, 2,000 homes flooded

09-21-2010 13:59 BJT

MEXICO CITY, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The southern Mexican state Oaxaca reported Monday one death and 2,000 homes flooded because of Hurricane Karl, which struck eastern Mexico at the weekend.

In Oaxaca, the worst hit area was the capital Oaxaca City, high in the state's mountainous region. Other areas of the state suffered because the state's largest river Papaloapan flooded, according to a statement published on the state agency's website.

Oaxaca is less badly damaged than eastern state Veracruz, where Karl came ashore on Friday. Authorities there have reported 500,000 affected including nine death and 100,000 evacuated from their homes.

Police, fire crews and civil protection staff are currently clearing mud brought by the strong rain. The water reached 70 centimeters in some parts of Oaxaca City.

The state agency warned that the Mixteca region in the Oaxaca's center is likely to suffer strong rain in the next hours. It added that citizens living close to rivers should prepare for possible flooding and those living high in the mountains should prepare for possible landslides.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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