At least 11 people were killed by flooding and mudslides in Mexico due to Hurricane Agatha.
According to Oaxaca’s governor, some victims were found under rocks and mud while others were washed away in their homes when rivers burst their banks.
Alejando Murat stated that 20 more people are still missing, including three children last seen in the vicinity of Huatulco.
He said that most of the deaths are in small towns located in the mountains just inland of the coast.
Agatha arrived Monday at a stretch of Oxaca’s small fishing villages and beach towns.
Initially, it was a Category 2 hurricane with winds up to 105 mph. However, it became weaker as it moved inland.
On Tuesday, its remnants moved northeast into Veracruz state.
Murat stated that some bridges were washed out, and that a few motorways were blocked due to mudslides.
“I have nothing left”
Some communities have seen their power restored.
Residents of San Isidro del Palmar were seen swimming through neck-deep water in an attempt to save their homes from flooding by the Tonameca river.
Antonio Diaz said, “I have nothing left to eat,” as he stood in the ruins of his home.
Jose Maria Pacheco Hernandez, a Mazunte resident, said that the storm had “damaged all businesses here on the beaches, the palapas and the roofs, as well as the streets leading to the beach”.
Tina Deuxfois, a Canadian resident there, stated: “It’s very strong and very frightening, and we had to work the entire time to keep it together, so it felt like an awful lot of work and stressful.”
Near Zipolite, which is known for its bohemian vibe and clothing-optional beach, Silvia Ranfagni, a hotel manager, said that the wind knocked out phone coverage Monday.
She said that many trees had fallen and roads were washed away. “A lot of metal roofs and thatched roofs were destroyed.”