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Killer storms savage Mexico

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 - 02:12

Sept. 20 - At least 97 dead as storms unleash floods and landslides. Paul Chapman reports

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By Friday at least 97 people had lost their lives in the floods and landslides unleashed on Mexico by tropical storm Manuel. These were the scenes in Sinaloa state in the north-west as more heavy rain added to the misery. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) GUADALUPE SALAZAR, LOCAL RESIDENT, SAYING: "Nobody thought it would come down so strongly. For some time it seemed normal, there was wind and that sort of thing, but at night it was very strong. We all went to lie down - there was no electricity or anything - and when we got up the water was up to our waists." This is what's left of a remote mountain village in the southern state of Guerrero after a landslide that killed at least 15 people on Thursday. Many more are missing after homes were buried under the deluge of mud triggered by the storm. The state governor says hopes are fading for those still unaccounted for. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) ANGEL AGUIRRE, GUERRERO GOVERNOR, SAYING: "Many people were buried. Those in the town have made a list of the missing and we assume, without being alarmist, that many of them are under the mud." In Acacpulco some 40, 000 tourists have been stranded during almost a week of severe weather. Help is slowly trickling in. Marines have been handing out food and water to those who need it. Shops have been looted in the chaos. Some of the local wildlife has also been adding to the city's troubles. This crocodile was seen roaming the streets after being washed up from an overflowing lagoon. The animal was eventually caught by local residents using ropes. Mexico's problems are the result of two tropical storms, Manuel and Ingrid, which converged from the Gulf and Pacific almost a week ago. Across the country more than a million people have been affected - and it's not over yet. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says an area of low pressure over the southern Gulf of Mexico could become a tropical cyclone, bringing more heavy rain to areas already under water.

Killer storms savage Mexico

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 - 02:12

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