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    Mexico rains leave 5 dead, 9 missing including several minors

    24 de septiembre de 2018

    Morelia, Mexico, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- Five people died and nine went missing - including several minors - in the overflowing of a river and reservoir in the town of Periban in the southwestern Mexican state of Michoacan as the result of powerful downpours, the state government said.

    President Enrique Peña Nieto ordered the Interior Secretariat to immediately coordinate with the Michoacan state government what must be done to repair the aftermath of flooding from the Cutio River, while the army started Sunday night to care for all those affected.

    The Michoacan government did not release the identities of the victims but confirmed Monday that the last two lifeless bodies were found over the past few hours, though the rescuers, police and soldiers are still looking for nine other missing people.

    The storm began around 5:00 pm Sunday in Periban, a largely agricultural municipality where the Cutio River and a reservoir overflowed.

    The surging currents destroyed at least 10 homes and affected 100 more, while sweeping away cars, trees and people.

    Soldiers of the Mexican Army activated Plan DN-III-E, a rescue and care operation. More than 100 of those affected are being looked after at an inn of the municipality.

    Michoacan Gov. Silvano Aureoles, who went to Periban Monday morning, is coordinating the work of caring for those affected and the reconstruction of demaged homes.

    People from cities around Michoacan are setting up supply centers in the coming hours to distribute food, clothing, shoes and cleaning products to help the inhabitants of Periban get through the catastrophe.

    A low-pressure area with 70 percent probability of developing a cyclone within 48 hours has been located south of the Michoacan and Guerrero coastlines in the Pacific Ocean.