18 Sep 2013

Massive airlift takes Acapulco tourists to safety

3:04 pm on 18 September 2013

Mexican military and commercial flights have airlifted hundreds of tourists stranded in the flooded resort of Acapulco, where looters ransacked stores after two deadly storms struck.

The official death toll rose to 47 after the tropical storms, Ingrid and Manuel, swamped large swathes of the country during a three-day holiday weekend, sparking landslides and causing rivers to overflow in several states.

Officials said 40,000 Mexican and foreign beachgoers were marooned in Acapulco hotels after landslides blocked the two main highways out of the resort city.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong warned it would take two to three days to reopen the two highways out of Acapulco, which lies in the hard-hit southwestern state of Guerrero.