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New homes for Mexican village after landslide

27 may 2014, 11:16
Photo courtesy of news.yahoo.com
Photo courtesy of news.yahoo.com

Mexico's government presented on Monday 125 new homes to residents of a southwestern mountain village that was buried by a massive landslide that killed 71 people last year, AFP reports.

President Enrique Pena Nieto visited La Pintada, a coffee-growing village in Guerrero state, to unveil the two-story cement houses in the hamlet of 400 people whose wooden homes were crushed in September 2013.

La Pintada became a tragic symbol of the devastation brought by twin hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel that pummelled Mexico's east and west coasts last year.

"I am very moved to see the faces of the men and women who went through tough times, and today are still standing, and committed to moving forward," Pena Nieto told townspeople as he inaugurated a memorial park.

Ingrid and Manuel left 157 people dead across Mexico.

As Pena Nieto spoke, the first named storm of the hurricane season, Amanda, weakened to a category-three hurricane far off Mexico's Pacific coast.

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