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Over 100 Dead in Twin Mexico Storms

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Structures lay in ruins at the site of a landslide in the village of La Pintada, Mexico, Sept. 19, 2013.

Structures lay in ruins at the site of a landslide in the village of La Pintada, Mexico, Sept. 19, 2013.

Mexican authorities say the death toll from massive twin storms that pummeled both coasts has risen to more than 100.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio said 68 people are still missing following a mudslide that engulfed the Pacific coast village of La Pintada.

Rescue workers continue to search through tons of mud and dirt that cascaded down a hill Wednesday, burying homes and schools in the resort village.

Mexico was hit this week by Hurricane Ingrid on the Gulf Coast and Tropical Storm Manuel on the Pacific coast, triggering landslides and flooding that damaged tens of thousands of homes.

Authorities on Friday partially reopened landslide-damaged roads out of Acapulco, giving thousands of tourists stranded in the flooded resort city a new way out of the devastation.

The Mexican army and commercial airlines had managed to evacuate more than 5,000 of the 40,000 tourists left stranded in Acapulco before some of the streets reopened.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended condolences to the Mexican people and said the United Nations stands ready to help efforts to respond to humanitarian needs resulting from the disaster.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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