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Quakes, Rains Beset Mexico

July 6, 1999

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ Four earthquakes rumbled through southern Mexico Monday, while flooding from heavy rains left at least two people dead.

The largest quake, measured at magnitude 5, occurred at 6:31 p.m. near the Pacific coast resort of Zihautanejo, according to the government’s Notimex news agency. The smallest, measured at magnitude 3.9. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.

A larger threat was posed by a series of storms.

In Guerrero state, Notimex reported that one man died when he was dragged away by floodwaters in Acapulco and 100 families were evacuated Monday afternoon.

In the central state of San Luis Potosi, Notimex said a 50-year-old woman died trying to cross a flood-swollen river in Tancahuitz de Santos and another was rescued as he clung to a tree where he had been trapped by rising waters. Another person was missing.

Rivers in the southernmost state of Chiapas were rising and forecasters said the latest storm could bring nearly three inches of rain.

Just to the north in Oaxaca state, officials said there was some flooding in at least 20 communities, scores of people had been evacuated and several roads had been blocked, according to Notimex.

There were reports of evacuations due to high waters in other areas as well.

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