Civil protection authorities in Oaxaca said the landslide was due to heavy, prolonged rains from tropical storm Matthew, which dumped heavy rains on Central America and southern Mexico over the weekend. The landslide started around 4:00 am local time. Soldiers and rescue workers are being mobilized to the town.
According to the state’s governor, up to 1,000 people could be trapped beneath mud and rocks in the village of the Santa María Tlahuitoltepec, where a rain-soaked hill collapsed early Tuesday.
Some residents even used Twitter to broadcast their situation, as well as their frustration at the turn of events. Governor Ruiz told reporters he feared the death toll would rise, and that everything that could be done is being done.
A Picture of the Oaxaca's landslide in Mexico.