Hurricane, tropical storm combine to kill 20 in Mexico

Hurricane, tropical storm combine to kill 20 in Mexico

MEXICO - Tropical Storm Manuel blasted Mexico's Pacific coast on Sunday while Hurricane Ingrid crept toward eastern states, triggering rain, landslides and floods that killed at least 20 people.

Thousands of people were evacuated as the two storms flanked Mexico on the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico, causing rivers to overflow, flooding streets and damaging bridges.

State-run energy firm Pemex evacuated three oil platforms off the Gulf coast of the northeastern state of Tamaulipas and shut down 24 wells, the company said on its Twitter account.

On the west coast, Manuel weakened after making landfall near the Colima state town of Manzanillo but it still threatened to spark flash floods and mudslides, the US National Hurricane Center said in a 0000 GMT advisory.

Its top winds slowed to 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour as it moved northwest and the storm was expected to dissipate on Monday.

The dual storms were blamed for at least 20 deaths in the southwestern state of Guerrero and six in the central states of Puebla and Hidalgo, officials said.

In Guerrero, more than 2,000 people left their homes while 21,000 households were without power, state civil protection official Constantino Gonzales Vargas told AFP.

Six people were killed when their van's driver lost control due to a lack of visibility and a slippery road on their way to the resort city of Acapulco on Saturday, he said.

Six others died in landslides and the collapse of walls in three Guerrero towns. Two more people drowned when they were swept away by a swollen river in the state capital Chilpancingo.

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