MEXICO CITY – Two people were killed when a mudslide buried their dwellings in Pavencul, a city in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, emergency management officials told EFE on Thursday.
“We have reports of two dwellings that were buried by these mudslides, killing two people,” a Chiapas state emergency management office spokesman said.
Mudslides are common in the southeastern state, especially during the rainy season, the emergency management official said.
The heavy rains and highlands terrain combine to “soften and oversaturate the soil,” causing mudslides like the one in Pavencul, which is located in the highlands Tapachula zone near the border with Guatemala, the emergency management official said.
The mudslide is not related to the magnitude-8.2 earthquake that hit southern Mexico on Sept. 7 and whose epicenter was in the Pacific off Chiapas, the emergency management office said.
The earthquake killed 16 people in Chiapas, one of Mexico’s poorest states, and left a total of 98 people dead.
About 30 people are still being treated for earthquake-related injuries in Chiapas, where more than 50,000 structures were damaged by the temblor.