Deadly rains have hit the northern Mexican city of Monterrey after a terrible drought
Torrential rains have already killed four people, sweeping them away in torrential downpours that abruptly ended a 16-month drought in Monterrey, the industrial capital in northeastern Mexico, where authorities had been rationing water.
The four victims include two women, a man and a miner. They were killed when a torrent swept away the vehicle in which they were travelling, the civil defence said in a statement.
“The rain that we have been waiting for is coming, but we must be cautious to avoid any accidents,” warned the governor of the state of New Leon, Samuel Garcia, announcing the suspension of classes in some schools on Monday, 5 September.
The drought had dried up two of the three dams feeding Monterrey, and Mr. Garcia had promoted “cloud seeding” (sending particles of silver iodide into the sky) to speed up condensation and trigger rain.
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