Thousands of tourists await rescue in flooded Acapulco
ACAPULCO, Mexico (AFP) - Mexican authorities scrambled Tuesday to launch an air lift to evacuate tens of thousands of tourists stranded amid floods in the resort of Acapulco following a pair of deadly storms.
The Pacific city's airport and two main highways have been closed since the tropical storms, Ingrid and Manuel, began to pound the country's east and west coasts over the weekend. The weather systems triggered heavy rains, floods and landslides that have left at least 38 people dead in several states, according to federal officials.
State and local officials have reported 10 more deaths.
The southwestern state of Guerrero endured four days of non-stop rain that has flooded more than half of Acapulco, a city of 680,000 people, according to municipal officials. At least 40,000 Mexican and foreign beachgoers are marooned in hotels, Mayor Luis Walton said.