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Mexican president orders joint efforts to rescue bus buried by landslide
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11:14, July 05, 2007

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Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Wednesday ordered the defense and interior ministries to join efforts to rescue more than 40 passengers trapped in a bus buried by a landslide in central Mexico.

Calderon ordered the two ministries to make all their human and material resources available to help rescue the victims, his office said in a statement.

The bus, belonging to the Tlacotepec de Porfirio Diaz company, was buried on Wednesday at 7: am local time (1300 GMT) by a landslide near the town of San Miguel Eloxochitlan in the state of Puebla, where torrential rains triggered the landslide.

A Puebla state police official said as many as 60 people may be buried in the bus, which was heading to the nearby town of Tehuacan when the side of a mountain gave way.

Calderon, who had expressed his concern about the accident, is in permanent contact with staff in the area for information about the victims, the statement said.

German Garcia, director of the Puebla Civil Protection System, said that more than 500 people, including Mexican Red Cross, Army personnel and Civil Protection officers, were working at the site of the accident, around 300 km south of Mexico City.

He also called on all citizens to take safety measures, given that Mexico's torrential rains are reaching their greatest intensity.

Eloxochitlan, located in high mountains, is one of the poorest towns in the state.

Source: Xinhua

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