|40 killed in Mexico storm and hurricane
Mexico reeled from the rare one-two punch of severe storms on opposite coasts that triggered floods and landslides, killing at least 40 people while stranding tourists in Acapulco.
The Pacific coast was still being battered by the remnants of tropical storm Manuel, which continued to dump rain after dissipating, while hurricane Ingrid hit the northeast with tropical storm force before being further downgraded.
Thousands of people were evacuated as the two storms set off landslides and floods that damaged bridges, roads and homes across the country.
Water rose to almost three meters in parts of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, cutting off the main highway to the city and marooning tens of thousands of Mexican and foreign beachgoers, AFP reports.
The last time Mexico was hit by two tropical storms in the span of 24 hours was in 1958, officials said. Never had it been struck by a hurricane and another storm at the same time, forecasters said.
“More than two-thirds of the national territory has been affected,'' Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said.
At least 12 people died when a landslide hit a bus and workers removing earth that had previously fallen on a road in the eastern state of Veracruz, a civil protection official said.
Some 23,000 people were evacuated in Veracruz with 9,000 housed in shelters, Governor Javier Duarte said.
The death toll in the state of Guerrero rose to 21 after the municipality of Tecpan, where four rivers overflowed, reported that six people were killed in a landslide. Another 25 people are missing.