Deadly Hurricane Weakens over Mexico

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Hurricane Karl weakens in Mexico after claiming the lives of 12 people and causing millions of dollars worth of damage.

Hurricane Karl disperses over Mexico, after leaving a trail of destruction in its path.

On Monday flooding caused by the hurricane claimed the lives of at least 12 people, and left the state of Veracruz submerged.

Emergency workers report that thousands of people remain in shelters after their homes were damaged or destroyed.

Karl passed through the Yucatan peninsula last week, strengthening to a category three hurricane before entering the coasts of Veracruz state on Friday with winds close to 150 kilometers per hour.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said his government recognised the scale of the disaster.

[Felipe Calderon, Mexican President]:
"Of course we are worried about their families and for the people who are still missing as well as thousands of families from Veracruz who have lost their belongings and witnessed different floods in the state which have devastated their belongings."

Health officials also fear the problem could be exacerbated by illnesses such as dengue due to the large amount of accumulated water and high temperatures near the coastline.

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