Published: June 3,2017
Tropical Storm Beatriz made landfall Thursday evening in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca and brought heavy rains that triggered hundreds of mudslides, and killed at least six.
According to Mexico News Daily, four women and two minors died. Two of the victims were a 14-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, the report added. A 25-year-old woman died in San Carlos Yautepec in the Sierra Sur region, according to local news outlet xeu.com.mx.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Beatriz was downgraded to a tropical depression soon after making landfall around 7 p.m. local time Thursday between Puerto Angel and Zipolite Beaches. On Friday, the storm was further downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone.
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A mudslide triggered by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Beatriz blocks a road in Oaxaca.
(GDA via AP Images)
(GDA via AP Images)
Schools were closed Friday throughout Oaxaca and flights were canceled or delayed in the region, emergency management reported.
Heavy rain has soaked parts of Mexico's coastal Oaxaca state, which led to the overflow of at least nine rivers. Puerto Angel reported more than 9 inches of rain had fallen from the tropical cyclone through Thursday.
Some 100 families were forced to abandon their homes in the Isthmus municipality of Juchitán when the Los Perros River overflowed and highway infrastructure between the Isthmus region and the state capital has been severely affected in at least two places.
The post-tropical storm was expected to move across southern Mexico toward the Bay of Campeche over the weekend, bringing more heavy rain, flash flooding and mudslides to the region, according to weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam.
There is a silver lining, Mexico News Daily notes. A 2-year drought in the region appears to be over. The state Civil Protection office reported the Benito Juárez reservoir, which is the region's main water source, was at 70 percent capacity after months of being well below the 20 percent mark.
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