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6 die while monitoring Mexico floods

Associated Press / July 8, 2010

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NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — A border city mayor, a state official, and four other people died yesterday when an airplane crashed as they inspected widespread flooding that has forced tens of thousands of evacuations near the US border.

The small plane carrying Jose Manuel Maldonado, the mayor of Piedras Negras, was over a rain-swollen reservoir about 25 miles east of Eagle Pass, Texas, when it went down, said a spokesman.

State spokeswoman Irma Flores said there were no survivors. She said the dead included state public works director Horacio Del Bosque, the pilot, and three other people.

The officials were surveying the condition of reservoirs along the border, which have reached their highest levels in decades following days of drenching rain.

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