Mexico – at Least 7 Dead After Landslide in Puebla

A landslide triggered by heavy rain has left at least 7 people dead in Puebla State, central Mexico.

Landslide July 2019 Santo Tomás Chautla Puebla Mexico. Photo; Proteccion Civil Estatal Puebla

The landslide occurred in Santo Tomás Chautla municipality on 10 July, destroying a house and burying family members. As of 11 July, state authorities said they had recovered 7 bodies. Several people were injured in the collapse.

Search and rescue operations are continuing and it is feared that the number of deaths could increase. Firefighters, Red Cross, Secretariat of Public Security, Municipal Civil Protection and Army personnel are all involved in the rescue actions.

Santo Tomás Chautla Municipality is 10 km south of Puebla City, the state capital. The Puebla metropolitan region is home to over 3 million people.

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