Tropical Storm Manuel lashes Mexico’s Acapulco

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Sep 16, 2013
Heavy flooding in Acapulco on Monday (September 16) after Tropical Storm Manuel lashed the resort city over the weekend, as Mexico reels from a double deluge of tropical storms that has killed at least 22 people across the country.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel shut down Acapulco’s famous beaches as maximum sustained winds of 45 kph (30 mph) lashed the area, drenching large swaths of the city and flooding residential homes.

With 11 people reportedly killed from landslides and a collapsed building, locals called on emergency authorities for help with the storm clean up.

“We’re flooding. We want civil protection, come and help us. (Reporter: no authorities have arrived?) No authorities, nothing. We want help for Puerto Marques,” she said.

As officials marked Independence Day in the capital, President Enrique Pena Nieto cut short his official celebrations to coordinate emergency response teams across Mexico as the death toll rises.

“We are working to help those affected. Unfortunately, as known to the public, some deaths have been reported and we want to express our solidarity to the families who have lost loved ones. Due to these reasons and circumstances, I see the necessity and obligation to excuse myself so I can attend to the contingencies,” said Pena Nieto.

As Manuel dissipates over west-central Mexico, heavy rainfall is expected to continue in Acapulco and along the country’s southwestern coast.

Mexico is now bracing for Ingrid, the second hurricane of the Atlantic season and the ninth storm of the season, which reportedly hit land this morning.