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At least 3 killed in Mexican mudslide

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  • Two girls among three deaths in mudslide in rain-drenched Mexico
  • Hill collapses on haphazardly built houses, news agency says
  • Rescue officials and army personnel work at scene near Mexico City
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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- A mudslide in rain-soaked Mexico has killed at least three people, including two children, the government-run news agency said Wednesday.

The deaths happened late Tuesday in Magdalena Contreras, a town near Mexico City, the Notimex news agency reported. A drenched hill collapsed on some haphazardly built homes, the news service said.

The mudslide, which was the size of nearly two football fields, damaged several homes and destroyed one. The destroyed house also was struck by a tree that stood more than 30 feet high, Notimex said.

Two girls, 6 and 11 years old, and an adult male were inside the house and were killed, Notimex said.

Rescue officials and army personnel continued their work at the scene Wednesday morning, the news agency said.

The rain, which was still coming down Wednesday, has severely flooded at least 25 parts of the Federal District, which encompasses Mexico City. Dozens of other areas suffered less-severe flooding but still saw some traffic problems, Notimex said.

Heavy rain in the Mexican capital and surrounding areas in the past couple of weeks previously left at least two people dead and about 2,000 homes damaged.

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