Scores of people are dead and tens of thousands of tourists — including many Americans — were stranded Thursday after storm-whipped flooding and a massive landslide turned the tourist destination of Acapulco into a veritable swamp plagued by looters and even a crocodile.
As many as 80 people have died from flooding and mudslides since Hurricane Manuel lashed the Pacific coast over the weekend and Hurricane Ingrid hit the Gulf coast on Monday. Manuel, now a Category 1 storm, slammed the northern flank of the country just before 10 a.m. local time Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
Looters waded through waist-high water in Acapulco to ransack stores, making off with everything from televisions to holiday decorations, according to Reuters. Upscale retailers were plundered in the posh neighborhood of Diamante. Marines were posted outside stores to stamp out further theft.
Source: NBC News