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Rain Causes Flooding in Mexico

October 10, 1998

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Heavy rain in a municipality in the eastern state of Veracruz caused a river to overflow its banks, and could force officials to require residents to evacuate, the government news agency Notimex reported.

The flooding from the Aguadulcito river has affected 1,500 people in the municipality of Agua Dulce, but Mayor Raul Delgado Montalvo said residents have refused to leave their homes, Notimex reported. He said 10 shelters have been set up and the government may force residents to evacuate if the rains continue.

The river is 26 feet over its normal levels and only a foot below a bridge that crosses it, Delgado Montalvo said. In parts of some communities, water is 5 feet deep.

He said no injuries or deaths have been reported.

Heavy flooding has affected much of Mexico in recent weeks. In southern Chiapas state, flooding killed at least 185 people last month.

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