Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Hurricane hits Mexico, 58 missing in mudslide
by Staff Writers
Atoyac De Alvarez, Mexico (AFP) Sept 19, 2013

A man wades through a flooded street in Acapulco, state of Guerrero, Mexico, on September 18, 2013 as heavy rains hit the country. 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 official death toll rose to 47 after the tropical storms, Ingrid and Manuel, swarmed large swaths of the country during a three-day holiday weekend, sparking landslides and causing rivers to overflow in several states. Photo courtesy AFP.

The threat of a new landslide in a Mexican village delayed a mission Thursday to seek 58 missing people while a hurricane hit the northwest coast of the storm-battered country.

As authorities hoped to send rescuers to the southwestern hamlet, the same storm that pummeled the Pacific coast hit the northwest as a category one hurricane.

Hurricane Manuel made landfall west of the city of Culiacan, Sinaloa state, packing winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour and bringing the threat of flash floods and mudslides, forecasters said.

It was the third time in less than a week that Mexico was pummeled by a major storm.

Manuel had combined with tropical storm Ingrid on the east coast earlier this week to leave a trail of destruction that has killed at least 81 people.

The death toll could rise after the grim discovery of a huge mudslide that crashed into La Pintada, a mountain village of 400 people west of the Pacific resort of Acapulco in Guerrero state.

Ediberto Tabarez, the mayor of Atoyac de Alvarez, a municipality that oversees La Pintada, told AFP that at least 15 bodies have been found after more than 20 homes were crushed.

But the federal government said it had yet to confirm any deaths and that so far survivors testified that they had removed five bodies from the site.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said rescue teams were unable to start the search because water was gushing from the hill, threatening to send more rock and mud over the village.

Police helicopters had rescued 334 women, children and senior citizens on Wednesday and were supposed to return on Thursday to pick up 45 men and a few officers who were left behind overnight.

"These 45 people are in a dangerous situation," Osorio Chong told MVS radio, adding that homes are barely visible. "The rest of the hill could fall."

There was no mobile phone reception in the remote region.

Survivors of the disaster who were evacuated to Acapulco recalled hearing a rumble before the earth came crashing down on the hamlet of 400 people west of Acapulco.

The rock and earth tore through houses, the church and the school as people were having independence day lunch last Monday. Authorities showed a photo of the mudslide over the middle of the village.

"It was an ugly noise, worse than a bomb," said Ana Clara Catalan, 17, who was preparing corn tortillas when the earth collapsed.

News of the disaster only emerged after a survivor was able to radio someone in a neighboring village.

"More than half of La Pintada was demolished, few homes were left," said Maria del Carmen Catalan, a 27-year-old mother of three.

The storms that swept across the nation have damaged bridges, caused rivers to overflow and flooded half of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, stranding 40,000 tourists who sought airlifts while looters ransacked stores.

The civilian airport's terminal was flooded in knee-high dark water, but commercial carriers Aeromexico and Interjet have flown special flights since Tuesday .

Osorio Chong said almost 12,000 tourists had been flown to Mexico City in special military and commercial flights while authorities hoped to re-open the road out of Acapulco on Friday.

A human rights group accused the authorities of neglecting mountain communities.

The minister said "we do care about the lives of people in the mountains" but "we can't enter some communities by air or land."

The storms have affected some 220,000 people across the country, damaging 35,000 homes and forcing the evacuation of 50,000 people, officials said.

While Manuel churned in the west, a new tropical cyclone threatened to form in the east and cause more misery.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Mudslide buries village as Hurricane Manuel lashes Mexico
Acapulco, Mexico (AFP) Sept 19, 2013
A resurgent hurricane lashed Mexico's northwest coast Thursday after twin storms killed at least 80 people nationwide and buried a village under a massive mudslide, leaving dozens more missing. Hurricane Manuel was "hugging" the coast of Sinaloa with winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, threatening to spark flash floods and landslides, the US National Hurricane Center said. Earli ... read more

Chang'e-3 lunar probe sent to launch site

Sixteen Tons of Moondust

Scientists say water on moon may have originated on Earth

Moon landing mission to use "secret weapons"

Explosive flooding said responsible for distinctive Mars terrain

Upgrade to Mars rovers could aid discovery on more distant worlds

Investigating 'Coal Island' Rock Outcrop

Terramechanics research aims to keep Mars rovers rolling

Voyager's departure from the heliosphere

NASA study is enough to make a person want to stay in bed

Voyager 1 spacecraft reaches interstellar space

Q and A: John Richardson and John Belcher on Voyager 1's crossing and interstellar exploration

Last Days for Tiangong

China civilian technology satellites put into use

China to launch lunar lander by end of year: media

China launches three experimental satellites

ISS Orbit to Be Raised Ahead of Crew Arrival

ISS Releases a White Stork and Awaits a Swan

Three astronauts back on Earth from ISS: mission control

ISS Crew Completes Spacewalk Preps

Decontamination continues at Baikonur after Proton abortive launc

Russia launches three communication satellites

Arianespace remains the global launch services leader

Russian space official denies report of problem in Soyuz return

ESA selects SSTL to design Exoplanet satellite mission

Coldest Brown Dwarfs Blur Lines between Stars and Planets

NASA-funded Program Helps Amateur Astronomers Detect Alien Worlds

Observations strongly suggest distant super-Earth has water atmosphere

Catalysts team up with textiles

Raytheon, Falck Schmidt unveil remotely operated long-range surveillance system

Banishing explosive sparks in underground mines

Yahoo Japan develops 3D search engine-printer

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement