MEXICO CITY, Sept 28 (Reuters) - A landslide swept though a remote area of rural Mexico on Tuesday, burying homes and leaving rescuers searching for missing townspeople. The landslide is the latest in a string of natural disasters to hit the region during a particularly heavy rainy season.
Storms have triggered heavy flooding and forced thousands from their homes across the area. The Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June through November, has been extremely active this year, with 13 named storms already.
SANTA MARIA TLAHUITOLTEPEC, MEXICO - Officials confirmed four dead and 12 missing after earlier reports of far greater fatalities in this indigenous town in the state of Oaxaca. Rescue teams were dispatched to this area of approximately 9,000 residents on Tuesday after heavy rain loosened soil and buried homes.
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were hit by Tropical Depression Matthew over the weekend, which killed at least six and caused thousands to evacuate their homes. Flooded rivers inundated grain, banana and sugar crops, but the storm spared Mexican oil installations and the coffee crop in Honduras and Guatemala. More than 260 people have died in Guatemala this year in mudslides and flash floods.
VILLA GUERRERO, MEXICO - At least eight were killed after a hill collapsed in a rural area outside Mexico City on Sept 21. Workers trying to clear a road rendered impassable by mud and debris were killed by the landslide, authorities said.
VERACRUZ, MEXICO - Hurricane Karl slammed into the port city of Veracruz on Sept. 17, knocking down trees and triggering massive flooding as heavy rains inundated rivers. The hurricane killed at least 15 people and damaged roads and bridges.
MATAMOROS, MEXICO - Tropical Storm Hermine made landfall about 40 miles (65 km) south of the Texas border on Sept 6, dumping heavy rain on an already waterlogged region. Some 3,000 people were evacuated.[ID:nN06182405]
MONTERREY, MEXICO - Floods killed at least six people and heavy rains drenched the key business city of Monterrey as Hurricane Alex, the first named storm of the 2010 Atlantic season, moved across Mexico's northeast in early July. Water and mud inundated wealthy suburbs and rains washed away animals from the city zoo.
GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA - At least 146 people were killed across Central America in Tropical Storm Agatha, which sparked mudslides in rural areas and sinkholes in Guatemala's capital city. Authorities said more than 80,000 people in Guatemala fled their homes during the storm in late May and early June. (Reporting by Alexandria Sage; Editing by Stacey Joyce and Cynthia Osterman)
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