40K Tourists Stranded by Floods in Mexico Resort City

by William White | September 18, 2013 12:20 pm

40K Tourists Stranded by Floods in Mexico Resort City

Tropical storm Manuel, which made landfall on Sunday, has caused around 40,000 tourist[1] to be stranded in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco.

The flooding caused by Manuel has trapped the tourist in the city. The army has already airlifted 2,000 tourist from the city and taken them to Mexico City. Passengers are being taken from shelters to runways to be lifted of due to airport terminals being closed. The death toll from Manuel includes 57 people who were killed by flooding and landslides. Dozens of other towns have been hit by Manuel. There are concerns that those living in remote hillside areas may have been affected by the storm, reports BBC News.

Manuel’s maximum sustained winds had reached 40 mph as it traveled north-northwest at around 3 mph. Mexico could get hit by another storm as another tropical disturbance has formed over the Yucatan Peninsula, reports the Associated Press[2].

Endnotes:
  1. 40,000 tourist: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24140473
  2. Associated Press: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/desperate-thousands-try-escape-cut-acapulco

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