Hurricane Manuel Hits Mexico, Leaving Dozens Missing

Sep 19, 2013 8:00 AM

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) - Hurricane Manuel has killed scores of people and it's now moving up Mexico's Pacific coast.

Mexico's government raised the death toll from Manuel to 80 Wednesday, but another 58 people are missing after a massive landslide smashed through a tiny village in the country's southern mountains. The rain continues to inundate the area as rescue workers try to evacuate anyone left in La Pintada. Emergency teams reached the isolated hamlet by helicopter and evacuated 334 people, some of them injured.

Manuel devastated Mexico's Pacific coast over the weekend then regained strength Wednesday to become a hurricane. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Manuel remains a Category 1 hurricane hugging Mexico's coast early Thursday and is expected to produce 75 mph winds and up to 10 inches of rain over the state of Sinaloa. Officials there say some areas are already flooding and dozens have been evacuated from fishing villages.

It is a third blow to a country still reeling from the one-two punch of Manuel's first landfall and Hurricane Ingrid on Mexico's eastern coast.


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