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11/06/2007

Massive mud, water wave destroys Mexican village

Image: A Federal Police officer looks for stranded residents, from an aerial view, during an inspection flight of flood affected areas on the outskirts of Villahermosa Nov. 3, 2007. Thousands of people perched on roofs in southern Mexico on Saturday, desperate to be evacuated from flooding caused by heavy rains that has left most of Tabasco state under water and 800,000 people homeless.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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Nov. 6 (Xinhuanet) -- Up to 16 people were feared buried alive after a massive wave of mud and water roared through a Mexican village Monday, officials said.

A landslide blocked an already rain-swollen river and pushed a wall of water and debris over remote San Juan Grijalva, home to about 600 people, most of whom fled into the hills ahead of the advancing wave.

"This village practically disappeared," said Chiapas Gov. Juan Sabines, who was at the scene where rescue workers were digging for possible victims. Helicopters were seeking out residents who had fled into the hills, in order to evacuate them.

The village, 45 miles southwest of Villahermosa, is near the border of heavily flooded Tabasco state and shares the same river systems. The landslide was the latest catastrophe caused by a week of heavy rains and flooding that left 80 percent of Tabasco under water, destroying or damaging the homes of about half a million people.
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