Seven dead, five missing as flood hits western Mexico

Periban, Mexico (API): At least seven people, including two children, are dead and searches continue for five others after a five-foot (1.5 meter) wall of floodwater crashed through the streets of a town in western Mexico, state officials said Monday night.

Eloy Giron, the chief of operations for the Michoacan state Civil Protection agency, reported the latest death toll. He told The Associated Press that hopes were fading for finding two adults and three children still unaccounted for.

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“The water devastated everything in its path,” he said.

Giron said about 40 homes, all along the banks of the river, were destroyed.

The flood had hit Western Mexico on September 21 and the tropical depression has since intensified, across northern Mexico and the United States.

Parts of Arizona and New Mexico are currently in the grip of an exceptional drought while most of Western Mexico remains underwater.

Edited By Manasi Chandu