February 10, 1998 in Nation/World

Grim Search On In Mexico Flooding

Compiled From Wire Services

Soldiers and rescue workers scraped away mud and debris Monday after El Nino-fed floodwaters roared through a border shantytown, killing 13 people and forcing hundreds to flee their homes.

Three teenage girls were killed after fast-flowing mud swallowed their family’s car at the foot of the eastern shantytown of Mexico Lindo, or Beautiful Mexico. Swirling floodwaters dragged an 18-year-old girl from her house to her death.

Some 500 people took refuge at shelters because their neighborhoods were buried in mud, water and debris.

“The hill was falling down. All the water was running through the house,” said Hermillinda Garcia, 36, who brought her five children to a shelter.

Mexico is providing financial assistance to Tijuana and Rosario, said Secretary of Defense Enrique Cervantes Aguirre after touring the hardest-hit areas with several officials, including Tijuana Mayor Jose Guadalupe Osuna Milan and Secretary of Social Development Carlos Rojas.

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