MEXICO CITY Aug 26 Torrential rains triggered
by tropical depression Fernand killed 13 people in central
Mexico on Monday before it dissipated, though the country's
major oil installations were unaffected.
Nine people were killed in the town of Yecuatla, three in
the city of Tuxpan, and one in the town of Atzalan, all in
Mexico's eastern Veracruz state, Governor Javier Duarte said.
"All of (the deaths) were caused by landslides in the hills
above their homes," Duarte said at a news conference.
The bulk of oil and gas installations of state-run monopoly
Pemex are located to the south of the once-powerful
storm, and were not affected, a company spokesperson said.
Located about 75 miles (125 km) west-southwest of Tuxpan,
the remains of Fernand had maximum sustained winds of 30 miles
per hour (45 kph) and dissipated further inland at about 9 miles
per hour (14 kph), the NHC said earlier on Monday.
Fernand made landfall near the coastal city of Veracruz
early in the day.
More than 200 people had been evacuated from their homes in
Veracruz state, according to local emergency services.
Mexico's government discontinued all costal warnings earlier
in the day.
Fernand was still expected to produce between 4 and 15
inches (10 and 38 cm) of rain in the east-central states of
Veracruz, Hidalgo, Puebla and San Luis Potosi, as well as the
northern state of Tamaulipas.