Category: Mexico

Monster truck plows into crowd at Mexican air show, at least eight dead

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A monster truck rams into spectators during an air show on the outskirts of Chihuahua.

 The driver appeared to lose control of the truck after leaping over a pile of cars it was crushing during a demonstration at the ‘Extreme Aeroshow’ in Chihuahua on Saturday.

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Published: Sunday, October 6, 2013, 7:52 AM
CHIHUAHUA, Mexico – An out-of-control monster truck shot into a crowd of spectators at a Mexican air show, killing at least eight people and hurting 80 others, dozens seriously, officials said.

Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutors’ office, said the driver appeared to have lost control of the truck after leaping over a pile of cars it was crushing during a demonstration at the “Extreme Aeroshow” on Saturday.

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Church collapse in northern Mexico kills boy, 10, injures dozens

By Gabriel Stargardter

MEXICO CITY, Sept 29 (Reuters) – A church under construction in the northern Mexican city of Juarez collapsed on Sunday, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring at least 28 people, a senior Juarez official said.

The semi-erected Santa Clara Catholic Church was little more than walls covered by an improvised tarpaulin roof that buckled on Sunday morning after a buildup of torrential rain, dragging the walls down onto the congregation of around 200 people, said Jesus Fernandez, the secretary of Juarez council.

A 10-year-old boy died on his way to the hospital, while 28 others also had been hospitalized, Fernandez said.

“It’s a tragedy, an accident caused by the large amounts of rain,” he said.

Large swaths of Mexico have been battered by intense rainfall in recent weeks, causing mass flooding, and destroying roads and bridges. The government expects the flooding to knock about 0.1 percentage point from growth this year. (Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by Eric Beech)

In Mexico’s north, second mass shooting in a week leaves four dead

(LA Times) MEXICO CITY — Four men were killed and five people seriously injured early Thursday at a bar outside the northern city of Monterrey when assailants burst in and opened fire on patrons, officials with the state government of Nuevo Leon said.

The shooting in the Monterrey suburb of Santa Catarina comes a little more than three days after gunmen killed 10 people, including a young girl, at a party celebrating the victory of a baseball team near the border city of Ciudad Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua.

The killings are sure to unnerve security officials in the two northern states, as well as their federal counterparts in Mexico City. Earlier this month, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto cited Chihuahua and Nuevo Leon as success stories in his government’s effort to restore peace in the nation, noting that homicides had declined in those states by 37.2% and 46.5%, respectively, since he took office in December.

Peña Nieto says homicides nationwide decreased 13.7% between December and July compared with the same period a year earlier. But some independent observers have said they distrust the government’s figures.

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Hurricane, tropical storm blamed for at least 12 more deaths in Mexico

Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have been pummeling the country on its eastern and western coasts even before either has made landfall.

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A family wades through a flooded street in Acapulco following the passage of Tropical Storm Manuel on Sunday.       PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images

(AP) ACAPULCO, Mexico — Flooding and landslides unleashed by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have claimed at least a dozen lives even before the weather systems had made landfall on the country’s east and west coasts.

In the southern Pacific Coast state of Guerrero, rains unleashed by Manuel resulted in the deaths of six people when their SUV lost control on a highway headed for the tourist resort of Acapulco.

 Another five people died in landslides in Guerrero and Puebla states, while the collapse of a fence killed another person in Acapulco.

Hurricane Ingrid, tropical storm Manuel combine to kill 20 in Mexico

Mexican marines carry an elderly woman to a shelter

Mexican marines carry an elderly woman to a shelterafter her home was flooded by rains caused by tropical storm Manuel.     AFP: Pedro Pardo

(AFP) At least 20 people have been killed and thousands more forced to evacuate as Hurricane Ingrid and tropical storm Manuel triggered rain, landslides and floods in Mexico.

The systems soaked large swathes of the country, causing rivers to swell, flooding streets and damaging bridges as they flanked the coasts, with Manuel in the Pacific and Ingrid in the Gulf of Mexico.

The storms were blamed for at least 14 deaths in the south-eastern state of Guerrero and six in the central states of Puebla and Hidalgo, officials said.

In Guerrero, more than 2,000 people left their homes while 21,000 households were without power, state civil protection official Constantino Gonzales Vargas said.

Of the 14 fatalities, six people were killed when their van’s driver lost control due to a lack of visibility on a slippery road as they made their way to the resort city of Acapulco, he said.

Six others died in landslides and the collapse of walls in three Guerrero towns.

Two more people drowned when they were swept away by a swollen river in the state capital Chilpancingo.

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Hurricane Manuel Likley to Trigger Flash Floods and Mudslides

(TWC) Tropical Storm Manuel formed near Mexico’s Pacific coast Friday afternoon. Manuel’s center is expected to move to the north or northwest before heading inland into Mexico and dissipating later this weekend.

Projected Path

Projected Path

A hurricane warning has been issued for portions of the Mexican coast, including Lazaro Cardenas to Manzanillo. A tropical storm warning has been posted for a part of the Mexican coast, including Acapulco to east of Lazaro Cardenas.

This is one case where the track of the center of circulation may not be as important as other tropical cyclones.

As you can see in the infrared satellite below, a large area of thunderstorms lies around this large gyre in which Manuel’s circulation resides. 

Therefore, heavy rain will be the main threat from this system. Isolated totals up to 20 inches are possible in the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero. This will likely trigger life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides.