Mexico: At least eight dead in second passage of Hurricane Grace | World news
At least eight people, including children, have died after Hurricane Grace hit Mexico for the second time in two days.
The governor of from Mexico Veracruz state Cuitlahuac Garcia also said three people were still missing.
The major Category Three storm swept across the country’s Gulf Coast and moved inland on Saturday, causing rivers to overflow, mudslides and flooding in small towns.
It had lost electricity on Thursday as it crossed the Yucatan Peninsula and passed through Mexico’s main tourist strip, but quickly strengthened from the Gulf of Mexico before reaching the country’s coast again on Friday night.
Mr Garcia said 330,000 people lost electricity during the storm, but it was being gradually restored.
Norma Sanchez, whose house was damaged, said: “You can see the municipality is destroyed, people are sick, there are a lot of needs. The authorities have to come and take note of the scene.
“We don’t have anybody to help us, to help a lot of people who are in a bad time with COVID-19. There are a lot of needs, a lot of people who need help.”
Authorities in Veracruz said evacuations were needed in some locations due to flooding and mudslides.
Grace had already struck Haiti – two days after a powerful earthquake left hundreds dead and thousands injured in the Caribbean countries.
Meanwhile, in Tennessee in the we, heavy rains resulted in water rescues, road closures and communication disruptions, killing 10 people and leaving dozens missing.
Parts of Hickman County received more than 11 inches of rain, according to The Tennessean newspaper, and flash flood warnings were in effect for parts of Dickson, Houston and Montgomery counties, and Stewart on Saturday evening.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee tweeted, “Tennessees, please remain cautious of rising flood waters caused by heavy rainfall in parts of central Tennessee.
Tennesseans, please remain cautious of rising flood waters caused by heavy rainfall in parts of Middle TN.
We are actively working with emergency response officials and first responders as they support Tennessee residents in flooded areas. https://t.co/GNO2scYvxs
– Governor Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) August 21, 2021
“We are actively working with emergency response officials and first responders as they support Tennessee residents in flooded areas.”
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) activated its emergency operations center and said agencies were responding to the flooding.
In a bulletin, TEMA called the situation “dangerous and evolving” and urged people to avoid travel to the affected counties.
Over the past month, many parts of Europe, including Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, were hit by floods and torrential rains.
In China, more than 300 people died after catastrophic floods struck the center of the country, including 14 who perished after being stranded in a metro line.
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