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LOOTERS ransacked destroyed homes and businesses in eastern Mexico yesterday after Hurricane Karl passed through, leaving at least 12 people dead and forcing 40,000 into shelters.
"The Army and navy have been instructed to tighten security," President Felipe Calderon said after an overflight of the worst-hit areas of Veracruz.
The storm roared ashore on Friday, pummelling a country already reeling from one of its wettest seasons on record and leaving communities flooded from the border with the US state of Texas clear down to Mexico's Pacific coast states.
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