Flooding Fears As Depression Stalls Over Mexico

MEXICO CITY: At least eight people were killed and thousands left homeless or stranded by remnants of Tropical Storm Matthew which dumped torrential rains at the weekend on waterlogged southern Mexico and much of Central America. The storm's heavy rains and gusts also triggered mudslides in the mountainous region, leaving four people dead in Honduras, one in El Salvador and three in Mexico's southernmost Chiapas state, authorities said. Thousands in rural Central America live close to rivers likely to burst their banks, because they depend on them for water and farming. Mexico has said it is being lashed by the wettest rainy season on record. Hurricane Karl left 14 people dead in its Veracruz state earlier this month, and an estimated 400,000 people homeless. Flooding and landslides have killed more than 300 people in Central America, left tens of thousands homeless and caused billions of dollars in damage in recent months, officials said.