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Fernand kills 13, weakens to depression


The Associated Press



VERACRUZ, Mexico -- Landslides triggered by torrential rains dumped by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fernand killed at least 13 people in Veracruz state, authorities said Monday as the storm weakened to a tropical depression and carried heavy rains inland over eastern Mexico. 


Nine people died in the town of Yecuatla, three in the port city of Tuxpan and one more in the town of Atzalan, Veracruz Gov. Javier Duarte said. 


A landslide of rock and mud swept onto four homes in the village of Roca de Oro, which is part of the town of Yecuatla, killing nine people in their sleep before dawn Monday. 


Duarte advised resident to continue to take precautionary measures since the tropical depression continued to cause rain. 


"We will remain alert because of the rains" still falling, Duarte said 


At least 10 towns were isolated because 16 landslides blocked roads throughout the state, civil protection authorities said in a statement. They said more than 400 people were in shelters set up by the government.




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