Death toll rises to 123 in Mexico following Tropical Storm Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel
59,000 people believed
to have been evacuated from their homes
The official death toll
from a pair of storms that caused chaos in Mexico last week has risen to 123.
The country’s interior minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong increased the official estimate at a news conference in Acapulco – one of the many Mexican cities heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Ingrid and Hurricane Manuel.
59,000 people are believed to have been evacuated from their homes as the country cleans up the worst storm damage in decades, with around 1.5 million acres of farmland declared “completely lost” by Mexico’s agriculture ministry.
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 corpses were dug up from the village yesterday.
President Pena Nieto said over the weekend there was little hope anyone had survived the village mudslide.
On Sunday, the president said Mexico's Congress will revise its proposed 2014 budget to allow for more disaster spending beyond the roughly 12 billion pesos (£585 million) available in emergency funding.
The government is expected to provide a preliminary report of the country's damaged infrastructure later today.
Mudslides and flooding buried homes and wrecked highways and bridges in all but five of the country's 31 states, according to government officials.
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