Damaged bridge on a Oaxaca highway. Damaged bridge on a Oaxaca highway.

Landslides kill 3 as Beatriz strikes Oaxaca

Highways damaged, rivers overflowing after torrential rains

Three people are dead, one is missing and dozens of families have been evacuated after tropical storm Beatriz delivered heavy rains to parts of Oaxaca.

A landslide killed a 14-year-old girl and buried a 10-year-old boy whose body has not yet been recovered.

Damage has been reported at 16 places on state highways, including Huajuapan-Juxtlahuaca, Teotitlán-Cuicatlán, Oaxaca-Tehuantepec, and in various locations on the coast highway, No. 200.

A bridge has sustained structural damage at Magdalena Tequisistlán on highway 200, which links Oaxaca city with the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, forcing the closure of that section of the highway.

Authorities are advising drivers to use highway 147 instead.

Federal Police said they have closed the Salina Cruz-Huatulco highway due to rock slides.

The storm made landfall last night at about 8:00pm between the beach towns of Puerto Ángel and Zipolite with winds gusting to 65 kilometers per hour, but rain began falling Tuesday night and didn’t completely stop until early this morning.

Civil Protection officials said the areas worst affected were the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the coastal and southern sierra regions including Puerto Escondido, Salina Cruz, Tehuantepec, Jalapa del Márques and Magdalena Tequisistlán due to overflowing rivers, damaged roads and fallen trees.

Landslides in San Pablo Topiltepec and San Marcial Ozolotepec killed three people and left a child missing.

Citizens in Zipolite had to come up with the cash to buy fuel for two ambulances and a pumper truck after local authorities had left the vehicles empty, reported NVI Noticias.

Governor Alejandro Murat activated emergency protocols and ordered the dispatch of 1,000 rescue workers.

By 10:00 this morning Beatriz had degenerated into a remnant low-pressure area, the United States National Hurricane Center reported, but warned there was still potential for life-threatening flash floods.

The system was situated 170 kilometers north-northeast of Puerto Ángel with winds of 35 km/h.

Another five to 12 centimeters of rain can be expected over parts of Oaxaca.

Source: Reforma (sp), Milenio (sp), NVI Noticias (sp)

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