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Storm ‘Eta’ leaves at least 20 dead in Chiapas

About twenty people have died from the rains generated by the tropical depression “Eta”, which caused the growth of rivers and streams and the collapse of hills, in the municipalities of El Bosque, San Juan Chamula and La Grandeza.

Local authorities reported that at least 11 Tzotzil indigenous men, women and children lost their lives in the Muquem community, in the municipality of San Juan Chamula, when their homes were washed away by a stream.

Ten bodies were found in the Kaomtealhucum II community, Chenalhó municipality, and the body of a child was found a few kilometers from where the houses are located.

The collapse of a hill in the Alta Gracia community, in the municipality of El Bosque, caused four Tzotziles who slept in a house to be buried.

In the place worked elements of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), residents, lifeguards of Civil Protection and elements of the Municipal Police.

At 1:00 p.m. this Friday, the four bodies of the Alta Gracia community, a place that is located on the Puerto Caté-El Bosque highway, were rescued and transferred to the center of the community where they will be veiled.

In San Juan Chamula, six bodies have been located and five more remain missing.

In La Grandeza, in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas, four children lost their lives and four more people were injured, due to the collapse of a hill in the Toquían community.

In Oxchuc, a person lost his life when he was dragged by a stream.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Civil Protection reported that other landslides have been registered in La Grandeza and Oxchuc, but for now there are no fatalities.

The rains that have fallen in Chiapas have affected more than twenty municipalities located in the North, Selva, Sierra and Altos regions, with landslides of roads, landslides, growth of streams and rivers, which have also caused damage to bridges and floods.

The populations of Pichucalco and San Cristóbal de las Casas have been the most affected, with the growth of streams and rivers, which have caused flooding.

In San Cristóbal de las Casas, the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) applied the DN-III-E Plan and since the early morning it transfers affected people to shelters.

Throughout Chiapas there are 900 homes flooded as a result of the overflowing of five rivers.