Mexico's Army soldiers and workers await the opening in Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco state, Mexico, on Monday. AFP
At least eight people died and two were missing in Mexico after heavy rain turned a mountain stream into a torrent of muddy floodwater that swept away villagers, authorities said on Monday.
The bodies of some victims were reported to have been found several miles downstream from where they disappeared near Autlan in the western state of Jalisco.
"Eight people are reported dead so far and search efforts continue to locate two more people," the Jalisco civil protection service said in a statement on Monday evening.
Juan Ignacio Arroyo Verastegui, a local civil protection official, told the media that deforestation and a fire earlier this year caused significant damage to the wooded area and could have contributed to the flash flooding.
Debris from a flood are pictured in Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco state, Mexico, on Monday. AFP
Dozens of rescue workers were deployed in the area to search for the missing, authorities said.
Mexico is regularly hit by flooding and tropical storms.
Scientists say that climate change is increasing the risk of heavy rain because warmer air holds more moisture.
Videos posted on local media and social media showed cars caught in the rising waters of the Roodball river and carried away while parents tried to rescue their children from the vehicles.
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