A mayor in northern Mexico says heavy rains caused a half-built church in a suburb of Monterrey to collapse during Mass, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring 24 church goers in on Sunday. Juarez Mayor Rodolfo Ambriz says the injured were taken to local hospitals where the severity of the wounds is still unclear.
The boy died on his way to the hospital.
The Roman Catholic Church of Santa Clara de Asis was under construction and a tarp had been put up as a roof. The walls collapsed down into a congregation of around 200 people. Authorities say a cold front brought heavy rains to the northern state of Nuevo Leon that apparently brought down the tarp Sunday morning and the concrete structure with it.
According to Reuters, Large swaths of Mexico have been hit by intense rainfall the last few weeks causing mass flooding, and destroying roads and bridges.
‘It’s a tragedy, an accident caused by the large amounts of rain,’ said Jesus Fernandez, the secretary of Juarez council.
The Mexican government expects the flooding to knock about 0.1 percentage point from growth this year.
Source: Associated Press