40,000 Tourists Stranded in Storm-Battered Acapulco

Thousand of tourists were stranded in Mexico’s famous beach resort of Acapulco Wednesday, after some of the most damaging storms in decades killed at least 55 people across the country, Reuters reported. Acapulco's international airport terminal was waist deep in water and the main access routes to the city were blocked with mud, preventing some 40,000 visitors from leaving. Tourists were unable to take cash out of bank machines due to lack of power. Fast food outlets were also without power, and insisted on payment in cash. The chaos began last week when two major storms converged from the Atlantic and the Pacific bringing a torrential, three-day downpour washing away homes and triggering landslides in eastern Mexico. The rains have killed at least 55 people in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Puebla, Hidalgo, Michoacan and Oaxaca, according to regional emergency services. Guerrero, which is home to Acapulco, was the hardest hit with at least 34 people killed.

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