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Heavy rain kills three in Mexico

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Oaxaca, Mexico (AFP) Sept 12, 2010
Heavy downpours killed two teenagers and a man in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, bringing to 14 the toll from the unprecedented rainfall since late August, state authorities said Sunday.

An adobe wall on a farm in Villa de Zaachila collapsed due to the water pressure and fell on three young men on Friday, Oaxaca civil protection chief Carlos Ramos told AFP.

Two of the youths, aged 14 and 15, were killed and the third suffered serious injuries.

On Saturday, authorities recovered the body of a 30-year-old man who had been dragged to Huajapan de Leon by strong currents in the Mixteco River.

Mexico is facing its wettest year on record, President Felipe Calderon said.

The hardest hit states are Oaxaca, Veracruz in the east, Tabasco in the southeast and Chiapas in the south, where relief agencies say nearly a million people have been affected.

More than half of those affected are in Veracruz, which recorded 10 deaths in the past weeks.

Dozens of villages remain flooded in the state, including the Spanish river port of Tlacotalpan, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Minatitlan, an oil hub.

In late August, Hurricane Frank killed at least four people, dropping heavy rain that drenched more than 100 towns, flooding homes and damaging roads and bridges.

Authorities have warned severe storms are forecast for the next week.

"A potential tropical cyclone is now developing south of Puerto Rico" and could hit the Mexican coast in Veracruz and the Yucatan Peninsula, according to meteorologist Jose Llanos.




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