6 dead and missing after major flash floods hit Culiacan, Mexico

6 dead and missing after major flash floods hit Culiacan, Mexico

At least three people have been killed and another three are missing after tropical depression hit Mexico's northwestern state of Sinaloa on September 20, 2018.

The storm dropped heavy rains and caused major flash flooding in the city of Culiacán, Sinaloa, killing three people and leaving another three missing, officials confirmed September 21. One person drowned and two were killed by electrocution. The three people missing were presumably swept away.

The storm dropped as much as 359 mm (14 inches) of rain in just 24 hours, forcing officials to declare a state of emergency in 11 municipalities, with classes and daycare centers suspended. Preliminary reports mention 100 damaged schools.

The Eustaquio Buelna dam has reportedly reached 144% of capacity, prompting authorities to release water downstream to avoid structural damage.

Sinaloa state government said more than 2 000 people have been evacuated.

Featured image: Major flash flooding in Culiacán, Mexico on September 20, 2018 

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