site-wide search

13 killed as Tornado rips Mexico town boarding Texas


SomaNet News Archive

(By Bonny Apunyu)

At least 13 people have been killed after a tornado swept through a town in Mexico on Monday, Reuters reported. Earlier, AFP had reported least 11 people dead after the tornado swept hundreds of homes in a deadly six-second blast of carnage, officials said.

According to reports from Reuters and AFP, the tornado tossed cars and big rig trucks into the air before  smashing them into houses and buildings. Daily Mail UK reported that images from the aftermath of the tornado showed several crumpled vehicles resting against walls and roofs as shellshocked inhabitants of the town of 136,000 struggled to make sense of the devastation.

According to Daily Mail UK, in Mexico, national civil protection coordinator Luis Felipe Puente told Foro TV that "more than 1,000 homes" had been affected by the tornado that swept in at "impressive speed" and lasted only six seconds.

Reuters reported that among the dead were three children, and at least 88 people were injured as the whirlwind damaged an estimated 750 homes in the city across the Rio Grande from Del Rio, Texas, said Jesus Garcia, spokesman for the local state of Coahuila.