Floods kill six in northern Mexico

One year's worth of rain falls in three days, washing out roads and homes in Monterrey.

    Felipe Calderon, the Mexican president, has deployed 1,200 soldiers to aid in relief efforts [AFP]

    In San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mexico's richest suburb, floods from the hurricane washed furniture out of mansions and buffalo were washed out of the city zoo.

    One woman was crushed to death by a mud-slide as huge rocks from surrounding mountains crashed down onto roads. 

    "I thought we were going to die," Lesly Ramos, a housewife, told local radio as she surveyed the mud and rocks that had filled her middle class suburban home. 

    City unprepared

    Monterrey has usually been spared from hurricanes coming off the Gulf of Mexico and the city was unprepared for the storm.

    The category 2 hurricane came on shore on Wednesday night, after it left 12 people dead in Central America.

    The storm missed oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, but on Friday, surging rivers forced the closure of Femsa, a giant soft-drink manufacturer and Cemex, a global cement maker.

    Kansas City Southern, a railroad company which owns tracks and runs trains in Mexico, has said that the storm had damaged some of its lines, forcing a partial shut down in cargo transport in northern Mexico.  

    Hurricane Alex brought 80 centimetres of rain to some districts of Monterrey.

    "That is more than the accumulated amount of rain in the 365 days of the year," said Jorge Camacho, director of rescue services in Nuevo Leon state, of which Monterrey is the capital.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.