Photos: Flooded Mexico, 47 Killed

18 09 2013

47 people were killed after two tropical storms hit the opposite coasts of Mexico.

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A huge number of buildings, houses, roads, highways and bridges were damaged.

In Acapulco, at least 40,000 tourists, mainly Mexican were stranded. 

Acapulco was cut off from road transport after heavy rains due to Tropical Storm Manuel caused at least 13 landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges.

Federal officials said it could take at least another day to open the main highway to Acapulco.

The situation was far more serious in the city’s low-income neighbourhoods where rain water flowed from the nearby steep hills into the neighbourhoods causing flood and landslides.

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21 Killed By Tropical Storm Manuel And Hurricane Ingrid

16 09 2013

 

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.

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