Acapulco Evacuates 2,000 Tourists

    Hundreds of stranded tourists gather around a Mexican Air Force jet as they wait to be evacuated, at the air base in Pie de la Cuesta, near Acapulco, Mexico, Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. The airport as well, was flooded. Emergency flights began arriving in Acapulco to evacuate at least 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists stranded in the resort city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

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    Mexican officials on Wednesday evacuated over 2,000 tourists from Acapulco, where flooding and landslides from Tropical Storm Manuel have already killed at least 80 people and trapped an estimated 40,000 more. Passengers are being taken directly from shelters to the runways to ferry them to Mexico City, since the main airport terminal remains closed. There are also worries that many are stranded in remote hillside communities in southwestern Mexico, where the severe weather is making aid by air impossible. Many elderly and ill remain trapped. Meanwhile, Hurricane Ingrid walloped the eastern coast, making it the first time since 1958 that two powerful storms hit Mexico within 24 hours.

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