Karl’s remnants leave one dead in southern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (HPD) — The remnants of Storm Karl, which dissipated on Saturday, caused heavy rains and the swelling of some rivers and streams that left at least one dead and hundreds affected in southern Mexico.

The remnants of the system generated heavy rains in the north of the southern state of Chiapas, causing the levels of the Pichucalco river to rise and forcing the eviction of more than 1,000 people who were at a religious event, state Civil Protection said in a statement.

Likewise, some 120 people were evacuated due to the overflow of the El Cristo stream, where a 65-year-old person was rescued who died shortly after in a health center, the agency said.

“The forecast rains could generate landslides, increase in river and stream levels, overflows and flooding in low-lying areas,” Mexico’s National Water Commission reported in a statement.

According to the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC, for its acronym in English), Karl could dump 5 to 13 centimeters (2 to 5 inches) of rain in parts of Veracruz and Tabasco, as well as in the states from Chiapas and Oaxaca until Sunday morning. In addition, up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) of rain could be recorded in isolated areas.

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