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Over 100 Dead in Twin Mexico Storms

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.
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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.

  • People swim in flood waters in Culiacan, Mexico, Sept. 19, 2013.
  • A view of houses destroyed after a mudslide in the village of La Pintada, in the Mexican state of Guerrero, Sept. 19, 2013.
  • People move furniture through a flooded street in Tixtla, Mexico, Sept. 19, 2013.
  • People wade through waist-high water in a store's parking, looking for valuables, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Sept. 18, 2013.
  • A man uses a makeshift zip line to cross a river after a bridge collapsed under the force of the rains caused by Tropical Storm Manuel near the town of Petaquillas, Mexico, Sept. 18, 2013.
  • Cars are parked in a flooded lot of the airport in Acapulco, Sept. 18, 2013.
  • A woman carries a child while walking through a flooded neighborhood in Acapulco, Sept. 18, 2013. 
  • People stand in a house flooded by mud after a mountain landslide in Altotonga in Veracruz state, along Mexico's Gulf coast, Sept. 16, 2013. 
  • Soldiers search for survivors after a bus and two nearby houses were buried by a mountain landslide in Altotonga in Veracruz state, along Mexico's Gulf coast, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • A small chapel is engulfed in rock and mud from a landslide brought on by Tropical Storm Manuel's heavy rains on the outskirts of Acapulco, Mexico, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • In this photo released by Mexico's presidential press office, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto meets with people affected by Tropical Storm Manuel in the Pacific coast city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • People carry the belongings they were able to take after a landslide caused by heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Manuel destroyed their homes in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico, Sept. 16, 2013.
  • People look for bodies and salvage belongings after heavy rains triggered a landslide in a low income neighborhood in the city of Chilpancingo, Guerrero state, Mexico, Sept. 16, 2013.

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