Tropical storm batters southern Mexico coast, kills one

AFP , Sunday 19 Oct 2014

File Photo: Tropical storm (Photo: AP/NASA)

One person was killed as Tropical Storm Trudy -- since downgraded to tropical depression -- passed through Mexico prompting evacuations and stranding 16 communities, authorities said Sunday.

The heavy rains caused a landslide on a farm in the indigenous town of Tlacoachistlahuaca in the southern Guerrero state, killing a 23-year-old, a civil protection official told local media.

Some 2,000 people were evacuated from three towns in the mountain region hardest hit by Trudy. Authorities urged residents not to return home for at least 48 hours, until the threat of landslides passed.

Another 300 people were evacuated Saturday night in three other Guerrero towns, where a river threatened to overflow and cause dangerous flooding.

Flooding and landslides also cut off access to 16 other towns and damaged a federal road to Acapulco.

Last year, a twin hit from tropical storms battered both coasts, leaving 157 dead.

And last month, Hurricane Odile killed six people and caused millions of dollars in damage further north on Mexico's Pacific coast, wreaking havoc in the luxury resort area of Los Cabos.

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