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Thirteen killed, 12 still missing in Mexico floods

world Updated: Nov 14, 2007 08:29 IST

Massive floods and landslides in southern Mexico earlier this month have killed thirteen people, with 12 still missing, officials have said after two more bodies were found in southern Chiapas state.

"More than 200 people are searching the area since November 5, trying to find the missing; there are still 12 people unaccounted for," said Interior Secretary Francisco Ramirez yesterday.

Chiapas and neighbouring Tabasco suffered widespread flooding after driving rains swelled rivers in the regions swallowing most of Tabasco, including its capital Villahermosa, and driving more than one million people from their homes.

Chiapas' Civilian Protection Secretariat said two bodies were found yesterday in the state, bringing the death toll from the floods in southern Mexico to 13.

Flood warnings were still in force for some areas and authorities said 33 small communities on the Grijalva River would have to be evacuated in coming days as they were threatened by rising waters.

The soaking downpours on November 4 triggered a massive landslide on a 200-meter hill that swept away the Juan Grijalva village, giving Chiapas the highest death toll from the floods.

Chiapas authorities said 25,000 people in the state were still being put up at shelters.