Hurricane Agatha, which hit Mexico, has seen a nine death toll, Oaxaca state officials said. Earlier, they informed about 11 people killed.
Oaxaca governor Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, who was hit hardest by Hurricane Agatha, reported on Wednesday morning that 11 people were killed and 33 missing. This data has changed. The death toll dropped to nine on Thursday and the death toll dropped to four. The numbers were corrected thanks to the fact that the missing persons managed to establish contact with their families.
The governor added that the data on the dead and missing are preliminary and may still change.
– It is important that the entire population is safe. Landslides and river floods are likely, Murat said at a government information briefing.
“This system could develop into a tropical depression”
On Monday afternoon, Agatha struck the south coast of Mexico, east of the city of Puerto Angel in the Oaxaca region. When it reached land, it was a second category hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. The wind speed reached 169 kilometers per hour, but Agatha began to slow down noticeably after moving overland.
According to the US National Hurricane Center, there is an 80 percent chance that in the next 48 hours in the Atlantic, Agatha’s remains will form a tropical depression.
The system could turn into a tropical depression in the next few days as it travels northeast over the northwest Caribbean and the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the NHC said.
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