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No-one dead in Mexico mudslide

Mexican government officials have revealed that 11 people are missing but there are no confirmed deaths after a huge landslide at a rural mountain town.

Initial reports claimed hundreds of people had been buried in the town of Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec in Oaxaca state but Interior Minister Francisco Blake and governor Ulises Ruiz confirmed a dramatically-reduced casualty toll from the incident.

A hillside collapsed on sleeping residents in the town, which lies about 370 miles south-east of Mexico City, after a period of heavy rain in the aftermath of a tropical storm that hit Central America.

Ruiz said: “So far, no-one is confirmed dead. Eleven are missing. We hope that this type of information will continue and they (the missing) will be found.”

Workers from the Red Cross and soldiers took about 10 hours to reach the town as many roads were blocked due to the mud and a bridge was damaged.

Continuing bad weather also prevented helicopters from being deployed.

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