Instead of thousands feared dead, reports are now saying that no one has been confirmed dead, and officials are hopeful that those few missing will be found alive. This is great news for some regions of Mexico, which have received plenty of rain during this summer season, especially in its tropical locales. It seems the remoteness of Santa Maria Tlahitoltepec in Oaxaca led worldwide news agencies to report/speculate about “feared dead” at the same time acknowledging that limited first hand accounts of the situation were available. In this case, everyone is happy that the worst case scenario suggested by local authorities translated into the best case scenario.
From the BBC:
Mexican officials have dramatically scaled back the number of people believed buried by a landslide in a remote southern town.
After rescuers reached Santa Maria Tlahitoltepec in Oaxaca, officials said 11 people were missing.
Local authorities originally said a collapsed hillside had engulfed hundreds of houses, raising fears of many deaths.
The region has seen weeks of heavy rain, and mudslides remain a risk.
The news first emerging from Santa Maria Tlahitoltepec on Tuesday prompted authorities to despatch hundreds of soldiers, police and firefighters to the region
Reports suggested the number of victims could be as high as 1,000.
But when rescue teams managed to get to the town, high in the Sierra Juarez mountain range, they discovered only several homes appeared to have been destroyed.