Mexico: One Death Every 40 Minutes in 2010

Mexico: One Death Every 40 Minutes in 2010Mexico City, Jan 4. -Violence in Mexico, chiefly in the northern border regions, left an average of one death every 40 minutes in 2010.

The recently closed year has been the deadliest of the four years of the Felipe Calderon administration, with nearly 30,000 violent deaths, according to the online version of Milenio newspaper on Monday.

Juarez, in the state of Chihuahua, remained the country's most dangerous place, followed by Sinaloa, Baja California, Durango, Guerrero, Michoacan, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, and Tamaulipas.

March was the month that marked an escalation in violence, a trend that continued for six months.

August was the most violent month, with an average of 42 executions daily. The deadliest day was the 24th, with 132 deaths, with 72 of those deaths reported in the municipality of San Fernando, in Tamaulipas state.

In addition, 755 policemen and soldiers died in 2010, more than in 2009.

The number of women murdered also rose last year, with 762 women reported murdered. (Prensa Latina)