20 die in extreme cold in Chihuahua state

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By Chris Covert

A total of 20 individuals have been killed in cold temperatures in Chihuahua state according to Mexican news accounts.

A report posted on the website of El Economista reported that most of the dead have been in the state capital, Chihuahua city with a total of eight dead.

Ciudad Juarez has reported six dead, while two each have been killed in Nuevo Casas Grandes, Delicias and Guachochi municipalities. Two of the dead in Chihuahua city were actually a married couple killed by poisoning from misuse of a heater.

According to a news report posted on the website of El Imparcial news daily, in Sonora state rreports are of below freezing temperatures in eastern and southern sectors of the state. Yecora in the eastern mountain region reported three degrees Centigrade while Nacozari in the north also reported three degrees.

In the northern states of Durango, Zacatecas, Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosi states, deeper into the interior of the country, upper elevations are expecting snow or sleet, and rain or mist in the lower areas.

Elsewhere, according to a separate article posted on the website of El Economista, temperatures are expected to drop to below five degrees Centigrade in all six northern border states. In the gulf state, coastal areas are affected by high winds with gusts up to 80 kph. Along the Baja California Pacific coast and near the Yucatan peninsula in the extreme south winds are gusting up to 60 kph.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com.
Posted by: badanov 2013-01-20