Mexico Confirms 11 Deaths After Tropical Storm Arlene

Posted July 3rd, 2011 at 1:30 am (UTC-5)
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Mexican officials say at least 11 people have died as a result of river flooding and mudslides after Tropical Storm Arlene.

A civil protection official says five deaths are confirmed in Hidalgo state where river flooding forced evacuations.

The dead also include two children in Mexico state, a woman in Puebla, and another victim in nearby Veracruz. Authorities says some the victims were buried by mudslides or drowned crossing flooded rivers.

The storm-related deaths also include two people killed in Tamaulipas Friday.

The first Atlantic storm of the season dumped considerable rain on central Mexico and the Gulf region Thursday through Saturday.

Mexico's weather service says more heavy downpours are expected for the next few days in the central and northern areas of the country.