Mexico looks to rebuild from twin storms
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AFP) - Mexico looked Saturday to the Herculean task of rebuilding after a rare double onslaught of storms, with nearly 170 people feared dead in the path of destruction.
Officials also began tallying the massive economic damage in a country where the growth forecast already was lowered drastically in August.
The death toll in the tragedy soared, with President Enrique Pena Nieto saying another 68 people were feared dead in a landslide in the southern village of La Pintada in Guerrero state. An earlier count put the number of dead at 101.
"The sheer volume of earth that has virtually covered more than 40 homes there means that as of today, there is virtually no hope that we can find anyone alive" in La Pintada, the president said during a press conference with members of his cabinet in Guerrero, the state hardest hit by the twin storms that have since dissipated.