Hailstorm in Mexico kills 7, injures 4

May 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM
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TEPEJI, Mexico, May 28 (UPI) -- A hailstorm in Tepeji, Mexico, left seven people dead, four injured and 300 homes damaged, officials said.

The storm struck the downtown area for about an hour on Sunday, officials said. The hailstorm softened a hill, causing an avalanche that fell onto a taxi carrying five people and a van with two occupants.

The travelers were killed, El Universal reported.

Mayor Fernando Miranda said that homes and schools suffered structural damage and that floodwater in many areas was six-feet deep.

Assistant Secretary of Civil Protection and Risk Management, Miguel Garcia, said that the storm was exacerbated by a lack of infrastructure in the city.

He said the city is building a rainwater collector to help during storms. It will be finished in 2014, Garcia said.

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