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Flood damage in Peribán, Michoacán. Flood damage in Peribán, Michoacán.

Five dead, nine missing after heavy rains in Michoacán

River, dam overflow after deluge in Peribán

Heavy rains that struck Sinaloa, Sonora and Chihuahua last week moved into western Michoacán yesterday, killing five and causing flooding in two neighborhoods.

The Cutio River and the Parástico reservoir overflowed their banks about 5:00pm yesterday, creating a river of mud and water that flooded 20 homes in the municipality of Peribán.

The floodwaters also swept away vehicles in the neighborhoods of Tirinditas and Río Negro.

Authorities said nine people are missing.

The municipal auditorium was opened as a shelter for those affected by the flash flood and the military enacted its DN-III disaster and victim relief program.

Searchers continue to look for the missing along an eight-kilometer stretch of the Cutio today.

Peribán is located 171 kilometers to the west of the capital of Michoacán, Morelia.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Sol de México (sp)

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