Locals forced to swim through Mexico's flooded streets
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 00:53
Sept. 17 - Locals struggled to cross flooded streets in Mexico after a three-day downpour caused some of the worst storm damage in the country in decades. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Stranded residents were trapped in their homes while tourists waded in waist deep water in the Mexican beach resort town of Acapulco which had become a floodplain on Tuesday (September 17) after some of the worst storm damage in decades killed more than 50 people across the country.
Some used jet skies on the area's flooded streets while others tried to swim after a three-day downpour prevented some 40,000 visitors from leaving, blocking one of the main access routes to the city with mud.
The floods washed out roads in Acapulco, wrecking cars and restricting the delivery of supplies to the Pacific port city of 750,000 people where the tourist trade has suffered in recent years from a surge in drug gang violence.
Since the weekend, the rains have killed more than 50 people in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Puebla, Hidalgo, Michoacan and Oaxaca, according to regional emergency services.
Guerrero has been the hardest hit, with some streets in the state capital Chilpancingo becoming rivers of mud.
Dramatic footage showed the swollen waters of River Huacapa, which runs through Chilpancingo, raging by after bursting its banks and flooding streets and homes.
Residents in some areas were rescued with ropes and zip-lines from flooded streets.
At least 34 people in Guerrero have so far died since the flooding swept the country, local emergency services said.
The flooding chaos began late last week when tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel converged from the Atlantic and the Pacific, drenching Mexico in massive rainfall that has hit around two thirds of the country, according to the interior ministry.
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