Mexican officials look for missing chopper carrying out flood relief

800px-US_Marine_Corps_UH-1N_Huey_helicopterThe Washington Post, 9/20/2013

Mexican authorities are searching for a federal police helicopter that went missing while carrying out relief operations on the flood-stricken Pacific coast.

An army captain who was not authorized to be quoted by name said Friday that the army and other civilian authorities are still looking for the chopper, a day after it was reported missing.

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Mexico in grip of hurricane disaster

800px-Puerto_ColombiaThe Guardian, 9/19/2013

The toll from devastating twin storms climbed to 80 on Wednesday as isolated areas of Mexico reported deaths and damage to the outside world. Mexican officials said another 58 people were missing in a massive landslide in the mountains north of Acapulco.

The storm that devastated the Pacific resort over the weekend regained strength on Wednesday and became hurricane Manuel, taking a route that could see it make landfall on Mexico’s north-western coast. It would be 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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Mexico’s storm devastation raises questions

hurricaneAl Jazeera, 9/19/2013

Political recriminations are underway in Mexico as the death toll, devastation and economic cost from two simultaneous storms escalated on Thursday.

At least 80 people have died in 10 states since Sunday amid widespread flooding and landslides caused by Hurricane Ingrid on the Gulf coast and Tropical Storm Manuel on the Pacific coast. It is the first time Mexico has been battered by two tropical storms within 24 hours since 1958.

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58 More Missing After Massive Mexico Storm

hurricaneThe New York Times, 9/19/2013

Mexico’s government said 58 people were missing after a massive landslide smashed through a tiny coffee-growing village deep in the country’s southern mountains, where fresh waves of rain threatened more danger for rescue workers trying to evacuate the last residents from the isolated hamlet on Thursday.

The same storm that devastated Acapulco and surrounding areas over the weekend regenerated into Hurricane Manuel and was swirling into the Pacific coast again, this time further north, just offshore from the Sinaloa state capital of Culiacan.

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Mexico Begins Cleanup After Storms

Popocatepetl volcano spews ashThe Wall Street Journal, 9/17/2013

Mexico carried out rescue and cleanup efforts Tuesday in the wake of two cyclones that hit both coasts over the weekend, causing widespread flooding and landslides and killing several dozen people.

Tropical storm Manuel brought torrential rain to Pacific coast states, while on the Gulf coast, Hurricane Ingrid made landfall Monday before dissipating as it moved inland.

The Interior Ministry’s emergency-services department said that 35 people had been confirmed killed as of late Monday, including 15 people in southern Guerrero state on the Pacific coast, 12 in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, and others in Michoacan, Puebla, Hidalgo and Oaxaca.

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