Published On: Mon, Oct 30th, 2023
World | By MDN

Mexico sends more aid to Acapulco as Hurricane Otis death toll rises

Mexico sends more aid to Acapulco as Hurricane Otis death toll rises
Mexico sends more aid to Acapulco as Hurricane Otis death toll rises

The number of people dead and missing due to Hurricane Otis, a Category 5 storm which hammered the Mexican Pacific resort city of Acapulco last week, has risen to nearly 100, authorities in the state of Guerrero said on Monday.

Otis battered Acapulco with winds of 165 mph (266 kph) on Wednesday, flooding the city, tearing roofs from homes, hotels and other businesses, submerging vehicles, and severing communications as well as road and air connections.

Looting broke out as the city’s population of nearly 900,000 became increasingly desperate for food and water.

Evelyn Salgado, governor of Acapulco’s home state of Guerrero, said 45 people were confirmed dead and 47 others were missing, citing figures from state prosecutors.

A woman walks through a damaged zone in the aftermath of Hurricane Otis in Acapulco, Mexico, on Oct. 29, 2023.
A woman walks through Acapulco, Mexico, on Sunday. Felix Marquez / AP

On Sunday afternoon, Mexico’s federal civil protection authorities said there were 48 dead, consisting of 43 in Acapulco and five in nearby Coyuca de Benitez.

Among the dead are a U.S. citizen, a Briton and a Canadian, according to Guerrero’s government.

Fishermen and workers on tourism yachts gathered at Acapulco’s Playa Honda on Sunday afternoon to look for missing colleagues and friends, worried officials were not doing enough.

Luis Alberto Medina, a fisherman, said he was searching for six people who worked in the harbor.

“It was really horrible,” Medina said. “We’ve already found the bodies of others.”

Governor Salgado provided updated figures on the phone with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who during a regular government press conference urged local authorities to ensure that basic goods were being delivered to Acapulco’s population.

The cost of damage from the hurricane could climb as high as $15 billion according to estimates, and Mexico has sent some 17,000 members of the armed forces to keep order and help distribute tons of food and supplies in Acapulco.

ATM machines have also been hit in the city.

Two service points will be set up in branches of an armed forces development bank in Acapulco to enable people to withdraw cash, the finance ministry said on Monday.

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