Mud and rubble cover vehicles and homes were swept away after a landslide caused by heavy rains came down on a low income neighbourhood in the city of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Monday Sept. 16, 2013. (Alejandrino Gonzales/ AP)
47 people were killed after two tropical storms hit the opposite coasts of Mexico.
Rain water pours into the beach due to heavy rains caused by Tropical Storm Manuel in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Flooding and landslides unleashed by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have claimed at least a dozen lives in Mexico and sparked the evacuations of thousands of people even before the weather systems had made landfall on the country’s east and west coasts. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
Tropical Depression Ingrid hit Mexico’s northern Gulf coast, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel hit the Mexico’s Pacific coast, causing some of the worst flooding in decades.
The storms have affected two-thirds of the entire country brought very strong winds, heavy rains that caused flash floods and landslides.
Buildings were damaged, roads were washed out
At least 41 people were killed in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Puebla, Hidalgo, Michoacan and Oaxaca by the flooding and landslides.
Acapulco was hardest hit where at least 21 people were killed as buildings collapsed and roads were transformed into raging rivers.
A car lies on its side after a portion of a hill collapsed due to heavy rains in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco, Mexico, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. Flooding and landslides unleashed by Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have claimed at least a dozen lives in Mexico and sparked the evacuations of thousands of people even before the weather systems had made landfall on the country’s east and west coasts. (AP Photo/Bernandino Hernandez)
At least 21 people were killed in Mexico after a hurricane and a tropical storm strikes the opposite sides of Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific.
Tropical Storm Manuel drenched Mexico’s southwestern Pacific shoulder Sunday while Hurricane Ingrid closed in on the country’s Gulf coast, causing heavy rains and landslides.
Civil Protection Coordinator Luis Felipe Puente said 14 people died in Guerrero, three in Hidalgo, three in Puebla and one in Oaxaca due to the disaster.
Tropical Storm Manuel, with a maximum sustained winds of about 35 mph (55 kph) was moving to the northwest at 8 mph (13 kph) late Sunday, 70 miles (110 kilometers) northwest of Manzanillo.
Manuel was expected to bring 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Guerrero and Michoacan state, with maximums of 25 inches in some isolated areas.
Meanwhile Hurricane Ingrid had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) late Sunday and was centered about 110 miles (175 kilometers) northeast of the port city of Tampico as it moved west-northwest at 6 mph (9 kph).
It is expected to make a landfall by Monday morning, most likely along Tamaulipas state’s lightly populated coast north of Tampico.
Anyway, the storm system from the outer bands of Ingrid was already dumping heavy rains in parts of Mexico.
A hurricane warning was in effect from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca.
The hurricane can bring dangerous storm surge, destructive waves and heavy rains that can cause flash floods and landslides.
Yahoo! News said that more than 1,000 homes in Veracruz state had been affected by the storm to varying degrees and 20 highways and 12 bridges were damaged by the disaster.