Mexico storms death toll rises to 123

Tuesday 24 September 2013 20.33
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Mexican rescue team 'Topos' (Moles) personnel dig out the body a the victim of a landslide in La Pintada in Guerrero state
Mexican rescue team 'Topos' (Moles) personnel dig out the body a the victim of a landslide in La Pintada in Guerrero state
Around 59,000 people were evacuated from their homes following the two storms
Around 59,000 people were evacuated from their homes following the two storms
Mexico was hit by Tropical Storm Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel
Mexico was hit by Tropical Storm Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel
A man rescues a dog from a swollen river following Hurricane Manuel in Navolato, Sinaloa State
A man rescues a dog from a swollen river following Hurricane Manuel in Navolato, Sinaloa State
A resident crying for his home collapsed by heavy rains is comforted by a Mexican soldier and Red Cross personnel in San Jeronimo, Guerrero state
A resident crying for his home collapsed by heavy rains is comforted by a Mexican soldier and Red Cross personnel in San Jeronimo, Guerrero state
Mudslides and flooding affected all but five of Mexico's 31 states
Mudslides and flooding affected all but five of Mexico's 31 states

The death toll from two powerful storms that flooded much of Mexico rose to 123 as the country continues a major clean-up operation.

Mexico's interior minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong gave the new estimate of casualties from last week's Tropical Storm Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel at a news conference in Acapulco.

The Pacific resort city has been heavily damaged.

He added that around 59,000 people had been evacuated from their homes as recovery efforts continued across the country.

The agriculture ministry declared 613,000 hectares of planted land - or about 3% of the country's total farmland - "completely lost" as a result of the storms.

It was unclear which crops were most affected, but a senior official with Mexico's sugar chamber said the sugar harvest was largely unscathed by the flooding.

In southern Guerrero state, the most severely hit, dozens of people were still missing and feared dead after a mudslide caused by torrential rains buried 40 homes in La Pintada.

Five bodies were recovered yesterday.

President Pena Nieto said there was little hope anyone had survived the village mudslide.

On Sunday, the president said Mexico's Congress will revisit its proposed 2014 budget to allow for more disaster spending beyond the roughly 12 billion pesos (€694.14m) available in emergency funding.

Mudslides and flooding buried homes and wrecked highways and bridges in all but five of the country's 31 states, according to government officials.