Mexico: Six dead, several missing in Mexico

from Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published on 23 Sep 2003
Mexico City (dpa) - Six people were killed and several were missing after Hurricane Marty passed through Mexico's Pacific coast region, officials and television reports said Tuesday.

Now downgraded to a tropical storm, Marty continued to lose strength over the Gulf of California. The storm on Monday battered the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula with sustained winds of 160 kilometres per hour.

Marty killed three people in Baja California and another in Sinaloa state. Televisa reported Tuesday that two people on a boat off Sonora state had died. Another two people were reported missing.

According to the Mexican meteorological service Marty at 18:00 GMT was located over the northern part of the Sea of Cortes. It was shifting north-northeast at 13 kilometres per hour and its sustained winds had dropped to 65 kilometres per hour.

The storm caused damage to roads and piers, felled trees and knocked out electricity, water and telephone services in Baja California, Sinaloa and Sonora. Towns near to Culiacan, Sinaloa, were severely flooded.

dpa am ff vb AP-NY-09-23-03 1707EDT

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