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WORLD: Landslide kills 5 in Mexico

Landslide kills 5 in Mexico

MEXICO CITY — A landslide buried several cars and killed at least five people in the latest disaster blamed on weeks of heavy rains that have caused havoc in central and southern Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.

Rocks and mud tumbled down a hill onto a highway Monday night in Villa Guerrero, a town south of Mexico City, said local Civil Protection official Maria Enriquez. Five bodies were pulled out, and an unknown number of people were missing.

More than 70 people have died during the rainy season in Mexico, which has been one of the heaviest on record, national Civil Protection Coordinator Director Laura Gurza said at a news conference. Her figures did not include the latest landslide.

Huge swaths of southern Mexico were still under water Tuesday — flooding exacerbated by the passage last week of Hurricane Karl. At least 15 deaths were blamed on the hurricane.

Thousands of people are in shelters, with water reaching rooftops in some towns in the Gulf Coast states of Tabasco and Veracruz.

Hurricane Igor hits Canada

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland — Hurricane Igor pelted eastern Canada with heavy rain Tuesday, flooding communities, washing out roads and stranding some residents in their homes. In the Pacific, a mild tropical storm formed and was expected to cross the Mexican resort area of Baja California later in the day.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre said Igor had transformed into a ‘‘post-tropical’’ storm, which has a different structure from a hurricane but still packs the same punch. The storm was battering Newfoundland, on Canada’s eastern coast.

9 NATO troops die in crash

KABUL, Afghanistan — A helicopter carrying international troops crashed in a rugged section of southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, killing nine service members in the deadliest such incident in four years for coalition forces.

A ‘‘large number’’ of Americans were among the dead, according to a senior military official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

One other coalition service member, an Afghan National Army soldier and a U.S. civilian were wounded.