Tropical depression kills 13 in Mexico, dissipates

August 27, 2013 04:06

Torrential rains triggered by tropical depression Fernand killed 13 people in central Mexico on Monday before it dissipated, though the country's major oil installations were unaffected.

Nine people were killed in the town of Yecuatla, three in the city of Tuxpan, and one in the town of Atzalan, all in Mexico's eastern Veracruz state, Governor Javier Duarte said.

"All of (the deaths) were caused by landslides in the hills above their homes," Duarte said at a news conference.

The bulk of oil and gas installations of state-run monopoly Pemex are located to the south of the once-powerful storm, and were not affected, a company spokesperson said.

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