Death toll in Mexican floods, slides rises to 130
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say the death toll from last week’s floods and mudslides has risen to 130, after eight more bodies were found buried in a landslide.
Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Tuesday that the latest bodies were recovered in Acatepec, a small town in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero. Guerrero was the state hit hardest by Tropical Storm Manuel.
Soldiers and emergency workers are still seeking bodies in the biggest mudslide, which smashed into the Guerrero hamlet of La Pintada. A total of 68 people are believed to have died there, although few of their bodies have been recovered.
While Manuel was doing most of the damage last week, Hurricane Ingrid hit Mexico’s Gulf coast at the same time, also causing floods and landslides.