Storms in Mexico leave at least 130 dead

Thursday 26 September 2013 09.49
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Mexico's meteorological service has warned of further rain
Mexico's meteorological service has warned of further rain
A resident of La Pintada joins the search for victims
A resident of La Pintada joins the search for victims
A member of the Mexican rescue team 'Topos' (Moles) searches for victims of a landslide
A member of the Mexican rescue team 'Topos' (Moles) searches for victims of a landslide
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
Mexico is to revise its budget to allow for more disaster spending
Mexico is to revise its budget to allow for more disaster spending
Mexican marines stand by on the site of a landslide in La Pintada
Mexican marines stand by on the site of a landslide in La Pintada

The death toll from heavy flooding across much of Mexico has risen to 130.

Authorities have warned that more heavy rains could soak areas that have already suffered some of the worst storm damage in decades.

Mexican Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said more bodies had been recovered from a mudslide that buried 40 homes in the mountain village of La Pintada in southern Guerrero state.

Mr Osorio Chong and President Enrique Pena Nieto oversaw recovery efforts in La Pintada, where dozens are still feared missing under the mud.

Mr Pena Nieto said over the weekend there was little hope that anyone had survived the village mudslide.

Guerrero, home to the battered Pacific resort of Acapulco as well as some of the country's poorest rural communities, has seen the worst damage after Tropical Storm Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel last week drenched the country with torrential rains.

Mexico's meteorological service warned that a new low pressure zone would bring more moderate to heavy rains to Guerrero and states where dams are already swollen to capacity and rivers are spilling over their banks.

Mr Pena Nieto said on Sunday that Mexico's Congress will revise its proposed 2014 budget to allow for more disaster spending beyond the roughly 12 billion pesos (€692m) available in emergency funding.