Tourists airlifted from storm-hit Acapulco

Tourists airlifted from storm-hit Acapulco

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The Mexican army has airlifted more than 2,000 tourists from Acapulco following deadly floods caused by Tropical Storm Manuel.

But an estimated 40,000 more holidaymakers and local residents remain stranded in the city and along the west coast after landslides blocked main roads.

Manuel was almost immediately followed by Hurricane Ingrid, causing widespread devastation on the Gulf coast of Mexico

At least 47 people are now known to have died in flooding and landslides.

The army and local airlines is continuing to fly stranded tourists, Mexicans and foreigners, from Acapulco to the capital Mexico City.

Passengers are being taken directly from shelters to the runway because the main airport terminal remains closed, the BBC reported.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office confirmed that the Mexican government was co-ordinating evacuation and assistance efforts but said Hurricane Ingrid and Tropical Storm Manuel have affected most parts of the country.

There are also reports of widespread looting in Acapulco.


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