Mexican President Vicente Fox has pledged to send buses to rescue thousands of tourists stranded in resort areas along the Yucatan peninsula that were hit hard by Hurricane Wilma.

President Fox toured the resort city of Cancun, where luxury hotels have been destroyed by the storm and shopping centers emptied by looters in its wake.

Mr. Fox said Cancun's airport would not open until Tuesday and that tourists would be bused to the city of Merida and flown out from there.

As many as 30,000 tourists faced a fourth night in crowded shelters Monday in Cancun and other resorts.

The storm is blamed for at least seven deaths in Mexico.

Meanwhile, rescue teams in rafts and boats pulled people from flooded homes in the Cuban capital, Havana, Monday after seas swollen by Wilma submerged parts of the city under water.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.