Death toll at 130 in Mexican floods, mudslides

MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities say the death toll from last week’s floods and mudslides has risen to 130 with the discovery of eight more bodies buried in a landslide.

Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong said Tuesday that the latest bodies were recovered in Acatepec, a small town in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero.

A giant crane (L) that will lift up the sunken 'Sewol' ferry is silhouetted against the sunset in Jindo on April 24, 2014. Furious relatives of missing victims from South Korea's ferry disaster attacked a top coastguard official accusing him of lying about efforts to retrieve bodies still trapped in the submerged vessel. AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURINICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images

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Guerrero was the state hit hardest by Tropical Storm Manuel.

Soldiers and emergency workers are still seeking bodies in the biggest mudslide, which smashed into the Guerrero hamlet of La Pintada. A total of 68 people are believed to have died there, although few of their bodies have been recovered.

While Manuel was doing most of the damage last week, Hurricane Ingrid hit Mexico’s gulf coast at the same time, also causing floods and landslides.

 
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