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Mexico: Several killed, cars along with drivers plunged into drains as flash floods sweep across city | VIDEO

Videos captured the sight of swift waters flooding the streets of Ruidoso, a village in south-central New Mexico, on Wednesday. Monsoon thunderstorms the previous day had unleashed several inches of rain within a short span of hours.

Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Mexico City Updated on: July 11, 2024 21:38 IST
The wreckage of a car whose driver lost his way fell into a
Image Source : REUTERS The wreckage of a car whose driver lost his way fell into a sewage canal and died due to heavy rain in Mexico.

Mexico City: Videos show rushing waters on the streets of the south-central New Mexico village of Ruidoso on Wednesday (July 10). Monsoon thunderstorms on Wednesday dumped several inches of rain in just a few hours. The 'burn scars' areas from the South Fork and Salt wildfires left the ground unable to absorb the rain, causing torrents of muddy debris to flow through neighbourhoods.

The National Weather Service in Albuquerque issued a Flash Flood Emergency, leading to the evacuation of multiple areas including Cedar Creek, Upper Canyon, and Paradise Canyon. Residents, already distressed by recent wildfires, were forced to flee their homes once again, this time due to the overwhelming waters.

India Tv - A man looks at a house damaged by heavy rains in Veracruz, Mexico.

Image Source : REUTERSA man looks at a house damaged by heavy rains in Veracruz, Mexico.

Officials in Ruidoso reported that several bridge crossings were closed as mud and debris-laden water could be seen rushing down creeks and across streets. “Please get to higher ground NOW!” the village announced on social media as the National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency. A mobile home park was evacuated, and village officials reported multiple natural gas leaks caused by the floodwaters.

India Tv - View of vehicles stranded in rushing flood waters on a road in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Image Source : REUTERSView of vehicles stranded in rushing flood waters on a road in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

India Tv - The wreckage of a car whose driver lost his way fell into a sewage canal and died due to heavy rain

Image Source : REUTERSThe wreckage of a car whose driver lost his way fell into a sewage canal and died due to heavy rain in Mexico.

Mexico residents unable to enter their home 

Residents posted videos of the roiling water, saying they were unable to get home because of the flooding. Police cars blocked traffic, and concrete barriers were in place along some roads as the strong current carried debris downstream. The National Weather Service in Albuquerque reported that there had been multiple water rescues and that the storms had produced up to 1.5 inches of rain. They warned that more rainfall was expected on Friday.

India Tv - The wreckage of a car whose driver lost his way fell into a sewage canal and died due to heavy rain

Image Source : REUTERSThe wreckage of a car whose driver lost his way fell into a sewage canal and died due to heavy rain in Mexico.

India Tv - People walk near a landslide caused by heavy rains in Veracruz, Mexico.

Image Source : REUTERSPeople walk near a landslide caused by heavy rains in Veracruz, Mexico.

Forecasters also issued flood watches and warnings for other areas, including in northern New Mexico where many residents have yet to recover from the aftermath of a 2022 blaze that was sparked by a pair of government-planned fires that went awry. The weather service said some of the storms were capable of bringing as much as 2 inches of rain as well as hail and wind gusts of 60 mph (96 kph).

(With inputs from agencies)

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