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Eight people, five of them children, were killed when a mudslide buried several dwellings in a mountainous area in the Mexican Gulf state of Veracruz, emergency management officials said Tuesday.

The mudslide occurred in Tecoa, a community outside the city of Coscomatepec, located nearly 300 kilometers (186 miles) from Mexico City, following heavy rains, Veracruz emergency management office spokesmen told Efe.

The bodies of a woman and her two children, ages 8 months and 8, were found Tuesday morning, the emergency management officials said.

First responders recovered five additional bodies later Tuesday, including that of a baby born just eight days before the disaster.

Rescue teams found Pablo Torres Morales, 9, and Susana Trujillo, 21, alive, emergency management officials said.

Mexican army units were deployed to the area to provide assistance and remove the tons of mud and rock.

Veracruz has been drenched by torrential rains that have caused flooding in the cities of Cordoba, Orizaba and Coscomatepec.

More than 250 people have been evacuated from their homes and taken to shelters, officials said. EFE