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Anxiety Grows for Residents, Tourists in Mexico's Yucatan

Residents and stranded tourists in Mexico's hurricane-ravaged Yucatan Peninsula are facing another day with little food and water and no electricity.

The coastal resorts of Cancun, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen sustained massive damage last week as Hurricane Wilma lingered over the region for two days.

Cancun and Cozumel have seen sporadic looting as residents scrounge for food and water. At least 50 people were arrested for looting in Cancun's main shopping area Sunday. Food was reported to be running out on the resort island of Cozumel where damaged docks made it difficult for help to arrive. Military forces have begun rushing supplies to the region, but it is uncertain when they will be able to evacuate the stranded tourists.

At least three deaths in Mexico have been attributed to Wilma. Four other bodies were found floating in flood waters in Cozumel.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Alpha caused flooding and forced thousands from their homes in Haiti and the Dominican Republic Sunday.