97 dead, scores missing after Mexico storms
Mexican authorities have said that 97 people have been killed by tropical storms Manuel and Ingrid that hit the country earlier this week.
In the village of La Pintada, at least 15 were killed while a further 70 have been reported missing after a landslide partially engulfed the town. Meanwhile, a rescue helicopter has disappeared with three crewmen on board.
Meanwhile, President Enrique Pena Nieto has announced in a statement that he is cancelling a planned trip to the UN in New York next week to focus on relief efforts.
Tropical Storm Manuel, which on Thursday briefly became a hurricane, has now moved north, forcing hundreds from their homes in Sinaloa state. As it hit land, Manuel brought torrential rain and winds of up to 120km/h (75mph) and caused flash floods in Sinaloa.
More than 100,000 were affected by the hurricane, the State governor, Mario Lopez Valdez told reporters. It then gradually began losing strength, according to the United States National Hurricane Center, going back to being a tropical storm.
Manuel is now expected to dissipate before the weekend.
However, weather conditions are expected to remain poor over the coming days as a third storm is forecast.
With the Gulf Coast having been hit by Hurricane Ingrid, this week was the first time since the 1950s that Mexico has had to deal with two storms simultaneously.
The resort town of Acapulco and its surrounding areas were worst hit by Manuel earlier in the week. Since then, more than 10,000 stranded tourists have been airlifted by military planes out of the resort town of Acapulco.
Residents of La Pintada, a remote village of about 600 people north-west of Acapulco, described how the hillside buried their homes as they were holding independence day celebrations on Monday evening.
The landslide tore through the middle of the village, destroying the church, the school and the kindergarten.
Ingrid made landfall on Monday in the town of La Pesca on Mexico's Gulf Coast. It mainly affected the state of Tamaulipas, where thousands of people were moved from low-lying areas to higher ground.