Tropical Storm Lidia leaves seven dead in Mexico's Baja California peninsula

A destroyed car lies on a street amid debris following heavy rains caused by tropical storm Lidia in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Sept 1, 2017.
A destroyed car lies on a street amid debris following heavy rains caused by tropical storm Lidia in Los Cabos, Mexico, on Sept 1, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

MEXICO CITY (REUTERS) - Tropical Storm Lidia's death toll rose to at least seven people, including two children, as the storm doused various states in Mexico with heavy rain on Saturday (Sept 2) and left a severe trail of damage in the Baja California peninsula, authorities said.

The victims were either electrocuted or drowned while trying to cross streams, according to a report from the prosecutor's office in the state of Baja California Sur, home to the tourist area Los Cabos, that was cited by local media.

The storm, which continued to churn through various states, particularly in Western Mexico, also cut off power and damaged homes and roads in Baja California Sur, where some 3,000 people were taken to shelter.

Lidia was located 110km north of Punta Eugenia, moving at a speed of 19kmh to the north-east with maximum sustained winds of 65kmh, the National Hurricane Centre in the United States said.