A hurricane hit Mexico’s north-west coast yesterday after twin storms killed at least 80 people nationwide and buried a village under a mudslide, leaving dozens more missing.
Hurricane Manuel hit the coast of Sinaloa with winds of 120 kilometres an hour, threatening to spark flash floods and landslides, the US National Hurricane Centre said.
Earlier this week, Manuel pummelled the south-western Pacific coast as a tropical storm, while Ingrid barrelled across the east in a dual onslaught unseen since 1958.
The storms damaged bridges, caused rivers to overflow and flooded half of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, stranding tens of thousands of tourists who sought airlifts while looters ransacked stores.
Authorities said the death toll had risen to 80 across 12 of 32 states, but the body count could rise after the grim discovery of a huge mudslide in the mountains of south-western Guerrero state.
President Enrique Pena Nieto said 58 people were missing after a “major landslide” collapsed on La Pintada, a remote village of 400 people west of Acapulco.
“We are not sure for the moment how many people are trapped under the mud,” Pena Nieto said.
Ediberto Tabarez, the mayor of Atoyac de Alvarez, a municipality that oversees La Pintada, told AFP in a phone interview that at least 15 bodies have been found.
Tabarez said the situation was “very critical” after more than 20 homes were crushed.