Continuous heavy rains hit SW Mexico, killing 18

15:45, February 06, 2010      

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Continuous rains have struck Mexico's southwest state of Michoacan for three days, killing at least 18 people, said the authorities on Friday.

Twelve bodies were found buried in three different landslides in Ocampo town of Michoacan on Friday, bringing the death toll from the heavy rains to 18, said the Office of General Prosecutor of Michoacan.

Another three died in landslides and overflowing rivers in the area on Thursday. A day before, three children died in the neighboring town of Angangueo, after a landslide crushed their house, said the office.

The continuous rains, which began to pour on Wednesday, have caused landslides and floods in Michoacan, leaving at least 10,000 people homeless.

The Mexican government declared a state of emergency in the towns of Angangueo, Tuxpan and Tuzantla for the overflowing of the river on Friday.

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