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Nearly 100 Dead After Mexico Storms

Mexican rescue workers continued the grim search Friday for people missing after strong storms triggered mudslides that engulfed parts of several towns and villages on both coasts.

People are searching the wreckage in La Pintada, west of the resort city of Acapulco, for 68 people missing since a landslide cascaded down a hill Wednesday, burying homes and schools in its path. The mayor of the local municipality told reporters at least 15 bodies have been pulled from the rubble.

Nearly 100 people have died in Mexico from the flooding and landslides triggered by Hurricane Ingrid on the Gulf Coast and Tropical Storm Manuel on the Pacific coast.

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.

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