Death toll up in Mexico floods

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto announced that the confirmed death toll from the flooding and landslides brought by the twin weekend storms of Manuel and Ingrid had risen to 101 from 97. The figure does not include the 68 missing.

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Mexican authorities search for landslide victims

Soldiers dug through tons of mud and dirt in search of victims of a massive landslide, as Mexican authorities looked for a police helicopter that went missing while carrying out relief operations on the flood-stricken Pacific coast.

Soldiers work at the site of a mudslide in the village of La Pintada, in the Mexican state of Guerrero September Credit: REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

The helicopter with three crew members on board was returning from the remote mountain village of La Pintada, where the mudslide occurred, when it went missing on Thursday. There is still no sign of it, said Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong.

Late last night, President Enrique Pena Nieto announced that the confirmed death toll from the flooding and landslides brought by the twin weekend storms of Manuel and Ingrid had risen to 101 from 97. The figure does not include the 68 missing.

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Thousands of people still stranded in flood-hit Acapulco

Thousands of tourists are still stranded in Mexico's Acapulco after torrential rain from two thunderstorms caused widespread devastation in the area.

Local authorities say that 80 people died in the weather tragedy and there are no flights out of the city from Acapulco airport.

New pictures show the scale of the devastation:

People queue to receive food rations on a flooded beach in Acapulco.
People queue to receive food rations on a flooded beach in Acapulco. Credit: REUTERS/Tomas Bravo
A man uses a surfboard to cross a flooded street in Acapulco.
A man uses a surfboard to cross a flooded street in Acapulco. Credit: REUTERS/Jacobo Garcia
A car lies partially submerged in floodwater on a golf course at a Acapulco hotel.
A car lies partially submerged in floodwater on a golf course at a Acapulco hotel. Credit: REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

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Crocodile roams the streets of Acapulco after floods

A crocodile was roaming the streets of Acapulco after floods hit Mexico.

Residents watched the reptile as it crawled along the road and eventually captured the crocodile, managing to shut its jaws with black tape.

Heavy rain from two storms has caused widespread devastation in the South American country, with the death toll now standing at 80, according to authorities.

In Acapulco, shops were looted and thousands of stranded tourists waited to leave the country by air.

Read: Advice for stranded holidaymakers in Mexico's Acapulco

Storms cause flooding and landslides in Mexico

Huge floods have devastated parts of Mexico after rains caused landslides and flooding, As emergency services attempt to get food and clean water through to those effected here is a look at the details around the storms:

  • Up to 55 people have died
  • 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists have been stranded in Acapulco
  • The main highway to Acapulco was hit by more than 13 landslides
  • The heavy rains were spawned when two storms, tropical storm Manuel and hurricane Ingrid, converged
  • The rain has caused more than 5 billion pesos ($387 million)
  • Families waited at a military base for up to eight hours to be ferried to Mexico City

The main states affected include:

  • Veracruz
  • Guerrero
  • Puebla
  • Hidalgo
  • Michoacan
  • Oaxaca

At least 55 believed dead after Mexico storms

Since the weekend rains in Mexico to have killed at least 55 people in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Puebla, Hidalgo, Michoacan and Oaxaca, according to regional emergency services.

Soldiers stand on the remains of a bus after it was buried by a mountain landslide in Altotonga in Veracruz state.
Soldiers stand on the remains of a bus after it was buried by a mountain landslide in Altotonga in Veracruz state. Credit: Reuters

Guerrero, which is home to Acapulco, was the hardest hit with at least 34 people dead. Some streets in the state capital if Chilpancingo became rivers of mud with Mayor Mario Moreno saying the city had "collapsed."

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Tourists stranded as flooding closes Acapulco airport

The airport buildings are flooded stranding tourists.
The airport buildings are flooded stranding tourists. Credit: APTN

Flights have been cancelled at Acapulco airport after incessant rain left vast areas of the international terminal underwater, leaving scores of tourists stranded in the storm-ravaged city.

The airport buildings are flooded stranding tourists.
The airport buildings are flooded stranding tourists. Credit: APTN

Acapulco's heavy rains were spawned by two major storms that converged on Mexico from the Pacific and the Gulf, triggering flash floods that washed away homes and landslides in eastern Mexico.

The runways are also swamped.
The runways are also swamped. Credit: APTN

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Soldiers search for survivors of Mexico's double storm

Rescue workers in Mexico were still looking for survivors today after landslides buried homes and a bus in the eastern state of Veracruz.

Soldiers and police work around the wreckage of a bus after it was buried by a mountain landslide at Altotonga, Veracruz state
Soldiers and police work around the wreckage of a bus after it was buried by a mountain landslide at Altotonga, Veracruz state Credit: REUTERS/Oscar Martinez

Mexico has been simultaneously battered by two storms as Tropical Depression Ingrid lashed its Gulf coast and remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel wrought havoc on its Pacific seaboard.

Soldiers search for survivors after a bus and two nearby houses were buried
Soldiers search for survivors after a bus and two nearby houses were buried Credit: REUTERS/Oscar Martinez

Thousands of Mexicans have been displaced while a reported 40,000 tourists remain stranded in the Pacific resort of Acapulco.

Waves flood a beach in Acapulco
Waves flood a beach in Acapulco Credit: REUTERS/Jacobo Garcia

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Two tropical storms batter Mexico

Mexico is being battered by two storms - one on its east coast and one on its west.

More than 5,000 people have been evacuated on the Gulf of Mexico coast ahead of Hurricane Ingrid which already has winds of 75mph.

Tropical Storm Manuel hit the western coast, on the Pacific Ocean, bringing almost twice the monthly rainfall in three days.

The states of Oaxaca, Guerrero, and Chihuahua have been the worst hit with some road and telecommunications links down.

Flood-affected residents on the back of a truck in Poza Rica, in the Mexican state of Veracruz Credit: Reuters
Damage has been extensive across the west coast of Mexico Credit: Reuters
Almost twice the average monthly rainfall has fallen in three days Credit: Reuters