Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Earth Science News .




SHAKE AND BLOW
New storms loom as tourists seek Acapulco exit
by Staff Writers
Acapulco, Mexico (AFP) Sept 18, 2013


Thousands of frustrated tourists lined up under sweltering heat Wednesday to board airlifts out of the flooded resort of Acapulco while a drenched Mexico braced for new storms.

At least 60 people have died in Mexico since major storms hit opposite coasts this week, the first double onslaught in 55 years, unleashing floods and mudslides still affecting much of the country.

As authorities scrambled to clear landslides blocking the roads out of Acapulco, forecasters said a new cyclone may form on the east coast, while Tropical Storm Manuel regenerated south of Baja California, three days after slamming the Pacific coast.

National civil protection coordination Luis Felipe Puente said the 60 deaths were recorded in 10 states and that the storms have affected almost 220,000 people.

Amid the chaos, thousands of people looted a Costco wholesale store in Acapulco on Tuesday, wading out of the flooded shop with televisions, food and even fridges.

"Unfortunately, there is desperation, but more army and navy troops have arrived," Mayor Luis Walton told MVS radio. "We ask people to remain calm."

The skies finally cleared in the resort after almost one week of nonstop rain, but the heat brought misery to thousands of mostly Mexican holidaymakers standing in massive lines to board military aircraft.

People shouted and shoved each other as some cut the line at an air force base while soldiers handed out water to parched tourists.

Their anger rose as a separate, shorter and quicker line formed for wealthier visitors who booked flights on private jets.

"I ask the government that, since we all pay taxes, we all be treated the same way because the rich and the poor are equal in this tragedy," said Leonor Carretto, 45.

"They should demonstrate we're all equal by letting the little kings bake under the sun for just one hour," added Carretto, whose five-year-old daughter was running a fever after waiting for hours in line.

Some 40,000 Mexican and foreign beach-goers were left stranded in Acapulco after Manuel made landfall on Sunday, followed by Tropical Storm Ingrid on the country's east coast.

The civilian airport's terminal was flooded in knee-high dark water, but commercial carriers began special flights on Tuesday despite the lack of a functioning radar.

"The experience has been a little bit scary because we haven't able to get out," said Tarun Mahrotri, a 34-year-old tourist from London queued up at the military air base.

"We have been more lucky than other people who lost their houses," he said.

Some 5,000 people have been flown out since Tuesday, with Mexican airlines Aeromexico and Interjet offering free flights for people without prior reservations.

The state of Guerrero, where Acapulco lies, has been the hardest hit by the deluge, registering 27 deaths while 15,000 people have been placed in shelters. Helicopter rescued some 1,000 people from rooftops in Acapulco.

President Enrique Pena Nieto warned that the two roads out of the city -- blocked by mud in one tunnel and rocks strewn on roads -- will not be cleared before Friday or Saturday.

After visiting the disaster area, he said opening the roads is urgent "not only for people who have to travel on that road and have to go home, but also because it is obviously an important supply route."

The military has flown 60 tonnes of food supplies and 8,000 liters of water to Acapulco, Defense Secretary Salvador Cienfuegos said.

Some 2,000 tourists have taken shelter in a concert hall, where airlines set up makeshift check-in counters, while 1,000 more were housed in a convention center.

While Acapulco is no longer a favorite haunt of Hollywood stars, and drug gang violence has risen, several tourists were keeping the nightlife alive amid the floods, drinking and eating in bars playing loud music.

"We endured a horrible weekend without light, water or food," said Maria Fernanda Gonzalez, 27, drinking a beer with friends at a beachfront bar.

.


Related Links
Bringing Order To A World Of Disasters
When the Earth Quakes
A world of storm and tempest






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





SHAKE AND BLOW
Two tropical storms flank Mexico's coasts
Mexico City (AFP) Sept 14, 2013
Two tropical storms flanked Mexico on the Gulf and Pacific coasts on Friday, producing heavy rains, causing rivers to overflow and threatening to spark landslides, forecasters said. Tropical Storm Manuel formed off the western coast hours after Ingrid emerged in the Gulf of Mexico near the eastern state of Veracruz., according to US and Mexican weather authorities. Tropical Storm Ingrid ... read more


SHAKE AND BLOW
Obama urges new gun laws, swift Congress action unlikely

US military missed 'red flags' about gunman: Hagel

Flooded Acapulco hit by looting as tourists airlifted

New Technology can Detect Heartbeats in Rubble

SHAKE AND BLOW
Yahoo Japan develops 3D search engine-printer

GPS 3 And OCX Satellite Launch and Early Orbit Operations Successfully Demonstrated

'Terminator' polymer that regenerates itself

Northrop Grumman Delivers AEHF Flight 4 Antenna Precision Pointing Unit

SHAKE AND BLOW
Wetlands more cost-effective in nutrient removal, but multiple payments would be of uncertain value

Movement of marine life follows speed and direction of climate change

Water supply a problem for New Delhi's poor

Research shows denser seagrass beds hold more baby blue crabs

SHAKE AND BLOW
Warm Ocean Rapidly Melting Antarctic Ice Shelf from Below

Russia arrests Greenpeace Arctic activists, fires warning shots

Gas flaring and household stoves speed Arctic thaw

Russia to restore Soviet-era naval base in Arctic: Putin

SHAKE AND BLOW
The real reason to worry about bees

Study recommends strategies for improved management of fresh market spinach

Flame cultivation promising as weed control method for cranberry

New weapons on the way to battle wicked weeds

SHAKE AND BLOW
New storms loom as tourists seek Acapulco exit

Colorado floods death toll revised down

Airlift launched for tourists in flooded Acapulco

Death toll from Colorado floods rises to eight

SHAKE AND BLOW
160 UN peacekeepers desert Mali posts: military

Three Ivorian police killed in attacks

Uganda suspends 24 officers over Somalia corruption

Mali ministers met by hail of stones in Tuareg stronghold

SHAKE AND BLOW
Findings in Middle East suggest early human routes into Europe

Paleorivers across Sahara may have supported ancient human migration routes

Orangutans plan their future route and communicate it to others

New evidence that orangutans and gorillas can match images based on biological categories




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement