Mexico works to clear debris as storm Agatha weakens on southern coast

31/5/2022 6:01:00 PM

Mexico works to clear debris as storm Agatha weakens on southern coast

https://str.sg/w2VrPUERTO ESCONDIDO, Mexico (REUTERS) - Mexican officials worked into Tuesday (May 31) to clear highways blocked by mudslides along Mexico's southern coast afterrecord-breaking storm Agatha battered the regionwith torrential rains and strong winds.

Agatha made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Monday afternoon, touching down with 169 km per hour winds near the beach town of Puerto Angel on the Pacific coast before losing strength as it moved inland.By early Tuesday, Agatha had weakened to a tropical depression and is expected to dissipate by afternoon, according to the United States National Hurricane Centre (NHC), which warned of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in Oaxaca state.

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Mexico works to clear debris as storm Agatha weakens on southern coastPUERTO ESCONDIDO, Mexico: Mexican officials worked into Tuesday (May 31) to clear highways blocked by mudslides along Mexico's southern coast after record-breaking storm Agatha battered the

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sg/w2Vr PUERTO ESCONDIDO, Mexico (REUTERS) - Mexican officials worked into Tuesday (May 31) to clear highways blocked by mudslides along Mexico's southern coast after record-breaking storm Agatha battered the region with torrential rains and strong winds. Agatha made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane on Monday afternoon, touching down with 169 km per hour winds near the beach town of Puerto Angel on the Pacific coast before losing strength as it moved inland. By early Tuesday, Agatha had weakened to a tropical depression and is expected to dissipate by afternoon, according to the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), which warned of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in Oaxaca state. By early Tuesday, Agatha had weakened to a tropical depression and is expected to dissipate by afternoon, according to the United States National Hurricane Centre (NHC), which warned of life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in Oaxaca state. As of Sunday night, Agatha was forecast to climb to a Category Three on the Saffir-Simpson scale as it churned about 225km west of Puerto Angel, Mexico, according to a report by the US National Hurricane Centre (NHC). Rain caused mud and rocks to slide into two highways in Oaxaca, blocking access to at least one area of the state, local authorities said. Mexico's transportation ministry was working to clear the roads into the night on Monday. Mexico's transportation ministry was working to clear the roads into the night on Monday. Authorities have set up 200 shelters along the coastal region of Oaxaca with capacity to shelter 26,000 people, according to local civil protection officials.

Some towns in Oaxaca lost power, and one transformer exploded, officials said. Telephone lines were knocked out on Monday, forcing authorities to communicate by radio. The NHC said the storm was “expected to bring an extremely dangerous storm surge and life-threatening winds to southern Mexico on Monday”. Telephone lines were knocked out on Monday, forcing authorities to communicate by radio. Agatha, the strongest hurricane on record to reach land on Mexico's Pacific coast during the month of May, is expected to drop a total of 25-41 cm of rain on Oaxaca, with heavy downpours in nearby states of Chiapas, Veracruz, Tabasco and eastern Guerrero, the NHC said. Source: Reuters/vc. More On This Topic . The popular surfing destinations of Puerto Escondido and Huatulco set up temporary shelters with a capacity to house 26,800 people and arranged for potential accommodations of another 5,200 in local hotels.