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Tropical Storm “Ivo” dumps heavy rain, claims two lives in Mexico

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Heavy rain produced by Tropical Storm "Ivo," the 9th named storm of the 2019 Pacific hurricane season, caused heavy floods across parts of Mexico last week, leaving at least two people dead.

Although Ivo was largely unnoticed by international media, as its track took him away from mainland Mexico, heavy rain produced by it caused severe floods and destruction in several parts of the country.

The worst affected were Sinaloa and Nuevo Leon, where two people lost their lives – a minor in Ahome, Sinaloa and an adult in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon. Both deaths were caused by electrocution. The seven-year-old child was electrocuted when lightning struck as he touched a refrigerator, the Mexico News Daily reports.

The state Civil Protection agency said that 25 schools had been flooded, but all but the ones in Comondu, Baja California Sur had been cleaned up before the start of classes on Monday.

Other affected states include Sonora, Puebla, Michoacán, and Morelos, which saw heavy rains and hailstorms.

Tropical Storm "Ivo" on August 24, 2019. Credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS

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Featured image: Tropical Storm "Ivo" on August 24, 2019. Credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/VIIRS

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