Death toll from tropical storm Earl in Mexico rises to 39

Storm Javier is expected to hit the country's Baja California region in the coming days

Death toll from tropical storm Earl in Mexico rises to 39

A house destroyed by a mudslide stand in Xaltepec, on the mountainous north of Puebla state, Mexico. Image: Pablo Spencer / AP/Press Association Images

At least 39 people have died in Mexico as the result of flooding and landslides causes by tropical storm Earl.

The storm has hit eastern parts of the country over recent days.

BBC reports that 28 people have died in the state of Puebla.

Officals reported that another 11 people were killed in Veracruz.

Most of those died as a result of the landslides caused by the heavy rainfall and flooding.

Veracruz governor Javier Duarte has said a priority for authorities is assisting the hundreds of people who have been forced to flee their homes.

Earl made landfall in Mexico late last week after previously passing over Belize.

At least nine people were killed after the storm led to dangerous weather conditions in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Separately, the US National Hurricane Centre has issued hurricane and tropical storm warnings as the newly-formed tropical storm Javier is expected to strengthen.

Hurricane conditions are forecast over Mexico's Baja California peninsula as a result of the latest storm to hit Central America.