Mexican dams break

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BALTIMORE | August 16, 2002


Two dams in Mexico broke under the weight of heavy rain Thursday. Rushing water flowed into villages, killing several people and leaving thousands homeless.

The floods occurred in Mexican states San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas. Reports of fatalities and injuries are conflicting, some stating that as many as 13 people were dead and 3,000 homes destroyed in Villa de Reyes, a town located near the La Ventilla dam in San Luis Potosi. Fifteen people were reported missing from Villa de Reyes.

In Zacatecas, water damaged the city of Villa Garcia, located near the El Capulin dam. One person drowned and two are missing.


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