“The storms have affected two-thirds of the entire national territory,” interior minister Miguel Osorio Chong told a news conference in Mexico City.
Distant outer bands of Manuel triggered catastrophic inundations and slides in Acapulco. At least 21 people were killed as buildings collapsed in the coastal resort and as roads in the area were turned into raging torrents.
“Unfortunately, the majority of the deaths have occurred here in Acapulco due to landslides that completely buried homes,” said Constantino Gonzales of the Guerrero State emergency services agency.
Many areas from Guerrero to Baja California received flash floods and slides as Manuel churned northwestward before eventually dissipating off western Baja.
Tens of thousands of people across the country were forced into emergency shelters due to the storms.
Many other storm-related fatalities were attributed to Hurricane Ingrid in southern and eastern parts of the country. In Veracruz state, along the country’s Gulf coast, 12 people perished on Monday after a bus carrying them, and two nearby homes, were buried by a mountain landslide near the town of Xaltepec.
Ingrid, the second hurricane of the Atlantic season and the ninth named storm of the season, eventually lost force over far northeastern Mexico.
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