Floods Close Mexico Airport


Flights have been cancelled at Acapulco airport after incessant rains left vast areas of the international terminal underwater on Tuesday (September 17), leaving scores of tourists stranded in the storm-ravaged city.

Acapulco's heavy rains were spawned by two major storms that converged on Mexico from the Pacific and the Gulf, triggering flash floods that washed away homes and landslides in eastern Mexico.

Television footage showed Acapulco's airport waist deep in water and travelers wading through flooded terminals carrying luggage high over their heads.

An estimated 40,000 visitors remain trapped in the Pacific resort following a torrential, three-day downpour that also shut down key roads out of the city.

Local officials had considered using the airfield in nearby Pie de la Cuesta to restart flights but airline officials reported services started to resume from the city's airport after rains abated.

Guerrero state, which is home to Acapulco, was the hardest hit by the freak weather phenomena, with at least 34 reported deaths from the state.

The rain has caused more than $387 million U.S. dollars in damage in the state of Guerrero, the local government reported.

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