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Tropical Storm Manuel Aftermath In Mexico

8:11 PM, Sep 21, 2013   |    comments
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Guerrero, Mexico --  Aid reached flood-ravaged Mexican towns in Oaxaca on Thursday after days of torrential rains from Tropical Storm Manuel left thousands of residents stranded and many desperate for emergency supplies.

The deadly storm left swathes of Oaxaca's Sierra Mixteca underwater, wrecking roads, destroying bridges and cutting off indigenous villages like Coicoyan de las Flores.

Storm victims scrambled to a nearby hill as Mexico's federal police arrived by helicopter with emergency supplies of food and water on board.

"It's been almost four days. There are people that have nothing to eat since Saturday. The people are from Coicoyan de las Flores," said Municipal Secretary for Coicoyan de las Flores, Gabriel Romero.

The emergency aid delivery comes after tropical storms Ingrid and Manuel converged on Mexico from the Gulf and the Pacific over the weekend, triggering the flash floods and landslides that have killed at least 97 people.

Ingrid dissipated, but Manuel then strengthened and gained hurricane strength before it was downgraded again to a tropical storm. Manuel was expected to weaken further to a tropical depression later on Thursday but more rain has been forecast.

With more than a million people reportedly affected across the country, the finance ministry said it had around $925.60 million available in emergency funding.


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