Soldiers clear a highway in Oaxaca. Soldiers clear a highway in Oaxaca.

Slide buries two homes, kills six after heavy rain in Oaxaca

Soldiers have been deployed to San Pedro Ocotepec to clean up that and other slides

A landslide in Oaxaca this morning buried two houses and left six people dead, state Civil Protection officials said.

Today, the National Defense Secretariat sent 150 soldiers to clear the rubble after a hillside collapsed after heavy rain in the municipality of San Pedro Ocotepec. The houses were buried under trees, soil and mud.

Army personnel were also working today to open a local highway after it was closed by landslides.

The six victims were reported trapped in the slide rubble early this morning but no one survived. Officials recovered the bodies of two women and four children.

Heavy rains were brought on by the interaction between cold front no. 6 and a weather system in the Gulf of Tehuantepec.

Ocotepec is located in Oaxaca’s Sierre Norte region and has a population of about 2,000.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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