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Mexico victims recount horror as death toll rises to 97

  • A car lays buried in mud after flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Manuel as residents try to clean up their neighborhood in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.  Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

    A car lays buried in mud after flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Manuel as residents try to clean up their neighborhood in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

  • Residents of Mochitlan, haul supplies up a hill on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. After Tropical Storm Manuel destroyed bridges and roads, making it impossible to have supplies delivered to them, the residents of this small town have opted to make the 3 hour journey by foot, in order to get food and necessary supplies for their families. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

    Residents of Mochitlan, haul supplies up a hill on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. After Tropical Storm Manuel destroyed bridges and roads, making it impossible to have supplies delivered to them, the residents of this small town have opted to make the 3 hour journey by foot, in order to get food and necessary supplies for their families. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

  • A woman cleans shoes after her home was affected by flooding during Tropical Storm Manuel in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

    A woman cleans shoes after her home was affected by flooding during Tropical Storm Manuel in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

  • People wade through waist-high water in a store's parking, looking for valuables, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    People wade through waist-high water in a store's parking, looking for valuables, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • This image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Manuel taken at 3:45 a.m. EDT Thursday Sept. 19, 2013. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Manuel was a Category 1 hurricane hugging Mexico's coast early Thursday and expected to produce 75 mph winds and between 5 and 10 inches of rain over the state of Sinaloa.  (AP Photo/NOAA)

    This image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Manuel taken at 3:45 a.m. EDT Thursday Sept. 19, 2013. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Manuel was a Category 1 hurricane hugging Mexico's coast early Thursday and expected to produce 75 mph winds and between 5 and 10 inches of rain over the state of Sinaloa. (AP Photo/NOAA)

  • People stand on the edge of a collapsed bridge as they wait to ferry their goods via a boat across the Papagayos River, south of Acapulco, near Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    People stand on the edge of a collapsed bridge as they wait to ferry their goods via a boat across the Papagayos River, south of Acapulco, near Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • A young resident from the village La Pintada leans out a bus window as she waits to be driven from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A young resident from the village La Pintada leans out a bus window as she waits to be driven from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Residents of Mochitlan, carry supplies up a hill, as others come down to get supplies, on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013. After Tropical Storm Manuel destroyed bridges and roads, making it impossible to have supplies delivered to them, the residents of this small town have opted to make the 3 hour journey by foot, in order to get food and necessary supplies for their families. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

    Residents of Mochitlan, carry supplies up a hill, as others come down to get supplies, on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013. After Tropical Storm Manuel destroyed bridges and roads, making it impossible to have supplies delivered to them, the residents of this small town have opted to make the 3 hour journey by foot, in order to get food and necessary supplies for their families. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

  • State police remove mud from a home that was damaged by flooding during Tropical Storm Manuel in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken. A religious altar hangs on the wall at left. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

    State police remove mud from a home that was damaged by flooding during Tropical Storm Manuel in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken. A religious altar hangs on the wall at left. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

  • Residents of Mochitlan haul supplies up a hill on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. After Tropical Storm Manuel destroyed bridges and roads, making it impossible to have supplies delivered to them, the residents of this small town have opted to make the 3 hour journey by foot, in order to get food and necessary supplies for their families. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

    Residents of Mochitlan haul supplies up a hill on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. After Tropical Storm Manuel destroyed bridges and roads, making it impossible to have supplies delivered to them, the residents of this small town have opted to make the 3 hour journey by foot, in order to get food and necessary supplies for their families. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)

  • A woman cleans her belongings that have been damaged by the flooding, south of Acapulco, in Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A woman cleans her belongings that have been damaged by the flooding, south of Acapulco, in Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • People stand on the edge of a collapsed bridge, background, as they wait to ferry their goods via a boat across the Papagayos River, south of Acapulco, near Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    People stand on the edge of a collapsed bridge, background, as they wait to ferry their goods via a boat across the Papagayos River, south of Acapulco, near Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • A federal police helicopter flies over a river, south of Acapulco, near the town of Lomas de Chapultepec, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. The airport as well, was flooded. Emergency flights began arriving in Acapulco to evacuate at least 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists stranded in the resort city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A federal police helicopter flies over a river, south of Acapulco, near the town of Lomas de Chapultepec, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. The airport as well, was flooded. Emergency flights began arriving in Acapulco to evacuate at least 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists stranded in the resort city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • A family rests in a shelter as they wait to be ferried out by air, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A family rests in a shelter as they wait to be ferried out by air, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Marisela, 24, holds her newly-born daughter Paola Jazmin, in a shelter for residents affected by Tropical Storm Manuel, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Marisela, 24, holds her newly-born daughter Paola Jazmin, in a shelter for residents affected by Tropical Storm Manuel, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Remnants of a collapsed bridge litter the Papagayos River, south of Acapulco, near Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Remnants of a collapsed bridge litter the Papagayos River, south of Acapulco, near Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • A young resident from the village La Pintada peeks from out a bus window as she waits to be driven from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A young resident from the village La Pintada peeks from out a bus window as she waits to be driven from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • A civil defense member takes pictures of a collapsed bridge over the Papagayos River near Lomas de Chapultepec, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. The airport as well, was flooded. Emergency flights began arriving in Acapulco to evacuate at least 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists stranded in the resort city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    A civil defense member takes pictures of a collapsed bridge over the Papagayos River near Lomas de Chapultepec, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. The airport as well, was flooded. Emergency flights began arriving in Acapulco to evacuate at least 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists stranded in the resort city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Residents from the village La Pintada wait to be driven from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Residents from the village La Pintada wait to be driven from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Men looks at a collapsed bridge over the Papagayos River near Lomas de Chapultepec, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. The airport as well, was flooded. Emergency flights began arriving in Acapulco to evacuate at least 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists stranded in the resort city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Men looks at a collapsed bridge over the Papagayos River near Lomas de Chapultepec, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. The airport as well, was flooded. Emergency flights began arriving in Acapulco to evacuate at least 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists stranded in the resort city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • Residents from the village La Pintada are shuttled from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

    Residents from the village La Pintada are shuttled from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

  • A car lays buried in mud after flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Manuel as residents try to clean up their neighborhood in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.  Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
  • Residents of Mochitlan, haul supplies up a hill on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. After Tropical Storm Manuel destroyed bridges and roads, making it impossible to have supplies delivered to them, the residents of this small town have opted to make the 3 hour journey by foot, in order to get food and necessary supplies for their families. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
  • A woman cleans shoes after her home was affected by flooding during Tropical Storm Manuel in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
  • People wade through waist-high water in a store's parking, looking for valuables, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • This image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Manuel taken at 3:45 a.m. EDT Thursday Sept. 19, 2013. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Manuel was a Category 1 hurricane hugging Mexico's coast early Thursday and expected to produce 75 mph winds and between 5 and 10 inches of rain over the state of Sinaloa.  (AP Photo/NOAA)
  • People stand on the edge of a collapsed bridge as they wait to ferry their goods via a boat across the Papagayos River, south of Acapulco, near Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • A young resident from the village La Pintada leans out a bus window as she waits to be driven from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • Residents of Mochitlan, carry supplies up a hill, as others come down to get supplies, on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013. After Tropical Storm Manuel destroyed bridges and roads, making it impossible to have supplies delivered to them, the residents of this small town have opted to make the 3 hour journey by foot, in order to get food and necessary supplies for their families. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
  • State police remove mud from a home that was damaged by flooding during Tropical Storm Manuel in Chilpancingo, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa on Thursday before starting to weaken. A religious altar hangs on the wall at left. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
  • Residents of Mochitlan haul supplies up a hill on the outskirts of Chilpancingo, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. After Tropical Storm Manuel destroyed bridges and roads, making it impossible to have supplies delivered to them, the residents of this small town have opted to make the 3 hour journey by foot, in order to get food and necessary supplies for their families. (AP Photo/Alejandrino Gonzalez)
  • A woman cleans her belongings that have been damaged by the flooding, south of Acapulco, in Luis Donaldo Colosio, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • People stand on the edge of a collapsed bridge, background, as they wait to ferry their goods via a boat across the Papagayos River, south of Acapulco, near Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • A federal police helicopter flies over a river, south of Acapulco, near the town of Lomas de Chapultepec, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. The airport as well, was flooded. Emergency flights began arriving in Acapulco to evacuate at least 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists stranded in the resort city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • A family rests in a shelter as they wait to be ferried out by air, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • Marisela, 24, holds her newly-born daughter Paola Jazmin, in a shelter for residents affected by Tropical Storm Manuel, south of Acapulco, in Punta Diamante, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • Remnants of a collapsed bridge litter the Papagayos River, south of Acapulco, near Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Mexico was hit by the one-two punch of twin storms over the weekend, and the storm that soaked Acapulco on Sunday - Manuel -re-formed into a tropical storm Wednesday, threatening to bring more flooding to the country's northern coast. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • A young resident from the village La Pintada peeks from out a bus window as she waits to be driven from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • A civil defense member takes pictures of a collapsed bridge over the Papagayos River near Lomas de Chapultepec, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. The airport as well, was flooded. Emergency flights began arriving in Acapulco to evacuate at least 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists stranded in the resort city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • Residents from the village La Pintada wait to be driven from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • Men looks at a collapsed bridge over the Papagayos River near Lomas de Chapultepec, Guerrero state, Mexico, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. With roads blocked by landslides, rockslides, floods and collapsed bridges, Acapulco was cut off from road transport after Tropical Storm Manuel made landfall on Sunday. The airport as well, was flooded. Emergency flights began arriving in Acapulco to evacuate at least 40,000 mainly Mexican tourists stranded in the resort city. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)
  • Residents from the village La Pintada are shuttled from a temporary shelter at the convention center to another shelter, in Acapulco, Mexico, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. Federal police rescued more than 300 people from La Pintada after it was hit by a landslide Monday afternoon. It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of Thursday - not counting those missing in La Pintada. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

With a low, rumbling roar, an arc of dirt, rock and mud tumbled down the hillside in the remote Mexican mountain village of La Pintada, sweeping houses in its path, burying half the hamlet and leaving 68 people missing in its mad race to the river bed below.

It was the biggest known tragedy caused by twin weekend storms that struck Mexico, creating floods and landslides across the nation and killing at least 97 people as of yesterday – not counting those missing in La Pintada.

Interior Minister Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said soldiers have recovered two bodies and continued to dig through the mud. He said that the work has been difficult because water is still running down hills in the area and there is risk of more landslides.

All of the nearly 400 surviving members of the village remember where they were at the moment the deadly wave struck Monday afternoon, Mexico’s Independence Day.

Nancy Gomez, 21, said yesterday that she heard a strange sound and went to look out the doorway of her family’s house, her 1-year-old baby clutched in her arms. She saw the ground move, then felt a jolt from behind as her father tried to push her to safety.

She never saw him again. He’s among 68 missing in the slide or a second one that fell and buried victims and would-be rescuers alike.

When the rain-soaked hillside, drenched by days of rain during Tropical Storm Manuel, gave way, it swept Gomez in a wave of dirt that covered her entirely, leaving only a small air pocket between her and her baby.

“I screamed a lot, for them to come rescue me, but I never heard anything from my mother or father or my cousin,” she said as she lay on a foam mattress in a temporary shelter in Acapulco, her legs covered with deep welts. Eventually, relatives came from a nearby house and dug her and the baby out.

The missing from La Pintada were not yet included in the official national death toll of 97, according to Mexico’s federal Civil Protection coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente. Some 35,000 homes across the country were damaged or destroyed. Chong said he now had a list of names of 68 missing La Pintada residents, but suggested that some may be alive and may have taken refuge in neighboring ranches or hamlets.

Government photos show major mudslides and collapsed bridges on key highways, including the Highway of the Sun, a major four-lane expressway that links Acapulco to Mexico City. All the main arteries to the Pacific Coast resort town remained closed yesterday.

Federal officials set up donation centers for storm aid yesterday, but they faced stiff questioning about why, instead of warning people more energetically about the oncoming storms, they focused on Independence celebrations and a military parade that kept dozens of aircraft and emergency vehicles in Mexico City, instead of the states where they were most needed. Congressman Manuel Huerta of the leftist Labor Party said “the underlying issue is that the federal government bears a large part of the responsibility for this tragedy.”

Federal security spokesman Eduardo Sanchez brushed off the criticism, telling reporters that emergency “protocols were followed strictly.”

Manuel, the same storm that devastated Acapulco, gained hurricane force and rolled into the northern state of Sinaloa yesterday morning before starting to weaken, falling again to tropical storm strength. It would continue to spread heavy rains inland, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

Sinaloa Gov. Mario Lopez Valdez says 100,000 thousand people have been affected by the storm and that one fisherman drowned in the village of Yameto. He didn’t say if that death is included in the national toll.

Sinaloa civil protection authorities said some areas were already flooding and more than 2,000 people were evacuated, many from small fishing villages on the coast.

And a tropical disturbance was moving toward Mexico’s soggy Gulf coast even as the country struggles to restore services and evacuate those stranded by flooding from Manuel and Ingrid, which hit the Gulf coast.

So isolated is Acapulco that cargo ships have been contracted to supply food to the city by sea.

President Enrique Pena Nieto said he is cancelling his trip to New York for the annual U.N. General Assembly because of the emergency.

Hundreds of stranded tourists remained lined up for a second day yesterday at an air base on the outskirts of Acapulco, where military aircraft were slowly ferrying people out of the resort.

Increasingly angry and frustrated by the long wait overnight and in the rain, they began to block army trucks heading into the base with what stranded travelers believed were wealthy, well-connected people or foreigners cutting the line to get a flight out. The angry crowds forced the trucks to detour a few blocks along the beach to get to the base.

Mexican officials said that more than 10,000 people had been flown out of the city on about 100 flights by Wednesday evening, just part of the 40,000 to 60,000 tourists estimated to be stranded in the city.

But their pain was nothing compared to that of Amelia Saldana, 43, a single mother who lost her four boys – twins aged 5, another aged 7 and the eldest, 17 – in the landslide in La Pintada.

Saldana had gone down to town’s main square for an Independence Day celebration, a rare time off for villagers who spent most of their days working in their coffee plantations. Because it was raining, Saldana told her sons to stay home while she went down to the square to get some of the free hominy stew being given away.

Then she heard the landslide, a low rumbling that villagers described as sounding like an earthquake. When she ran back to where her house once stood, it no longer existed.

“I tried to get back to my kids, but I couldn’t” Saldana said between sobs.

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