At least 14 people were killed and thousands evacuated Saturday in Mexico due to torrential rains brought by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel, Xinhua reported.
The fatalities, mainly caused by rain-triggered traffic accidents and landslides, were reported in the states of Hidalgo, Puebla and Guerrero, according to civil protection authorities.
Local media reported that the northern part of Hidalgo is the most affected area by Ingrid, which is the second hurricane of this Atlantic hurricane season.
In Veracruz state, a total of 5,397 people have left their homes, and 3,597 of them are in government shelters, said local officials.
Ingrid became a Category 1 hurricane Saturday off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, causing torrential rains in much of the country, said the National Meteorological Service (NMS), adding that it could make landfall on Monday in the western states of Veracruz and Tamaulipas.
Meanwhile, the National Water Commission reported that Manuel is strengthening and could become a hurricane before making landfall on early Sunday morning.
The interaction between Ingrid and Manuel is likely to cause heavy rains in the most part of Mexico on Sunday, added the commission.
Forecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center, based in Miami, said the rains are likely to cause life-threatening flash floods and landslides.
Two weeks ago, Tropical Storm Fernand claimed 13 lives as it passed through Veracruz.
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