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Mexico: 13 dead after 'Fernand' makes landfall in Veracruz

Torrential rain triggered deadly landslides in Veracruz after the tropical depression made landfall early Monday.

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Thirteen people, including children, are dead after torrential rain caused by tropical depression Fernand triggered landslides in the eastern state of Veracruz.

State Governor Javier Duarte said Monday nine people were killed in the town of Yecuatla, three in Tuxpan and one in Atzalan.

"All of (the deaths) were caused by landslides in the hills above their homes," Duarte said told reporters.

Weather forecasters expect Fernand, which was downgraded from a tropical storm before it made landfall early Monday, could dump 4-8 inches of rain over several states as it moved inland.

The depression had maximum sustained winds of around 35 miles per hour.

Photos posted on Twitter showed swollen rivers and flooded streets with cars partly submerged. 
 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/mexico/130826/mexico-tropical-depression-fernand-veracruz