A TROPICAL storm has wreaked havoc in the Mexican beach resort of Acapulco, trapping around 200 people and damaging some 70 homes and schools, The Sun reports. Torrential rains, which began Saturday morning, reportedly caused 33 rock and landslides on interstate highways and the Ayutla-Cruz Grande federal highway, Mexican authorities said.
Shocking pictures show residents walking along flooded streets in Campestre La Lugana as heavy rain lashes on the country’s Pacific coastal region. Other aerial footage shows the devastation of the flash floods and landslides in the town, which has a population of 673,479.
The downpour also caused a road to collapse in centre of the popular beach resort, sending two cars ploughing downward and injuring at least three passengers, the city’s Civil Protection Coordination reported. Heavy rainfall also trapped around 200 people in their housing complex, who had to be air evacuated by police, marines and the army.
Residents were taken to a temporary shelter, according to Guerrero Governor Astudillo Flores. Acapuilco is set on a large bay backed by high-rises and the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains. Made famous by the jet set in the 1950s and 60s, it’s known for its high-energy nightlife, beaches and golf.
From its iconic La Quebrada cliff, professional divers plunge 40m into a small ocean cove every day and night. The state has already deployed Mexican army troops under a disaster plan.