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At least eight dead as Hurricane Grace hits Mexico for second time
August 22, 2021
At least eight people, including children, have died after Hurricane Grace hit Mexico for the second time in two days.
The governor of Mexico’s Veracruz state, Cuitlahuac Garcia, also said three people remain missing.
The major category three storm swept onto the country’s Gulf coast and moved inland on Saturday, causing rivers to overflow, mudslides, and small towns to flood.
It had lost power on Thursday as it passed over the Yucatan Peninsula and swirled through Mexico’s main tourist strip but rapidly grew strength from the Gulf of Mexico before reaching the coast of the country again late on Friday.
Mr Garcia said 330,000 people lost power in the storm but that it is gradually being restored.
Veracruz authorities confirmed evacuations were needed in some places due to flooding and mudslides.
Grace previously hit Haiti – two days after a powerful earthquake killed hundreds and injured thousands in the Caribbean nation.
Meanwhile, in Tennessee in the US, heavy rainfall prompted water rescues, road closures, and communications disruptions, with several people reported missing.
Parts of Hickman County received more than 11.6 inches (29 cm) of rain, according to newspaper The Tennessean, and flash flood warnings were in effect for parts of Dickson, Houston and Montgomery, and Stewart counties on Saturday evening.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee tweeted: “Tennesseans, please stay cautious of rising floodwaters caused by heavy rainfall in parts of middle Tennessee.
“We are actively working with emergency response officials & first responders as they support Tennesseans in flooded areas.”
The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) activated its emergency operations centre and said agencies were responding to the flooding.
In a bulletin, TEMA called the situation “dangerous and evolving” and urged people to avoid travel in the affected counties.
Last month, many parts of Europe, including Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, were hit by floods and torrential downpours.
In China, more than 300 people died after disastrous flooding hit the central part of the country, including 14 who perished after getting trapped in a subway line.
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