Residents wade through a flooded street in Poza Rica, in
the Mexican state of Veracruz. REUTERS/Jorge Huerta
Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have brought
heavy rains to Mexico's Gulf and Pacific coasts, causing
flooding and landslides that killed 17 people and forced some
towns to cancel national Independence Day celebrations.
Thousands of people sought emergency shelter as the two
storms moved closer to land and caused rivers and streams to
burst their banks.
"There is a lot of water and the rivers are full," said Luis
Felipe Puente, national coordinator for Mexico's emergency
services. "There will be yet more rain when the storms make
In Guerrero state on Mexico's Pacific coast, 11 people died
in landslides and as buildings collapsed because of heavy
rain on Saturday and Sunday. In the states of Puebla and
Hidalgo, three people were killed when a wall collapsed and
three people were carried away by a strong current.
On the Gulf coast, Hurricane Ingrid, a Category 1 storm with
sustained winds of 120kmh, was drenching Tamaulipas and
Veracruz states on Sunday, sending more than 6,000 people
into emergency shelters.
Mexico's state oil monopoly Pemex, which has most of its
installations in the Gulf, evacuated three platforms off the
Tamaulipas coast on Sunday.
In Veracruz, there have been landslides and localized
flooding, but no injuries or deaths reported, local emergency
services officials said.
Ingrid, which was located 175km from Tampico, Veracruz at
2100 GMT, was expected to bring hurricane conditions to
Veracruz and Tamaulipas early on Monday morning (local time)
when the storm was forecast to reach land.
The storm could strengthen slightly before reaching land, the
Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.
On the Pacific coast, Tropical Storm Manuel was weakening
after making landfall, but the risk of flash flooding and
landslides continues, the NHC said.
Manuel had sustained winds of 75kmh and the storm was
bringing high waves and between 25-38cm of rainfall to the
area's beach resorts, including Acapulco.
Flooding that reached up to 1.5-2m in some places was
affecting parts of Acapulco, Puente said.
Because of Ingrid, several towns in Tamaulipas canceled plans
for independence celebrations on Sunday night, local media
reported. Usually Mexicans flock to their town square to hear
local officials give the call to arms known as "El Grito", an
echo of Miguel Hidalgo's original call to arms against the
Spanish in 1810.