Storms Killed Almost 100 in Mexico

Some complain that the government isn't helping
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2013 1:02 PM CDT
Residents from the village La Pintada rest inside the Acapulco Convention Center after their town was affected by flooding, in Acapulco, Mexico, Sept. 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/Michael Weissenstein)
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(Newser) – At least 97 people have been confirmed dead in the wake of the tropical storm double-whammy that hit Mexico this week, Mexican authorities announced today—and that's not counting the many still missing. In the small town of La Pintada, for instance, 68 of the town's 800 residents are missing after a massive landslide Monday, the AP reports. "Half the homes in town were smothered and buried," one woman says. Several entire families were wiped out in the disaster.

Tropical Storm Manuel is believed to have caused almost $400 million in damage, Voice of America reports. Thousands of tourists have been evacuated from Acapulco. CNN meanwhile visited the hard-hit town of Renacimiento, and found that cleanup crews had only just begun to arrive yesterday. "The government ignores us," complained one resident who watched flood waters wash away his kitchen. "They help everyone else, but they've forgotten about Renacimiento." (Read more Mexico stories.)

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