The state of Guerrero was the hardest hit, with at least 65 deaths and its Pacific resort of Acapulco left isolated after the two roads to Mexico City were covered by landslides on September 15. Osorio Chong also said that authorities are searching for a police helicopter that had been evacuating people from La Pintada when it disappeared Thursday. Only crew members were apparently missing.
"We are really worried," the minister earlier told Radio Formula. "They risked their lives all the time, because it was important to evacuate people."The cost of repairing damage caused by the two storms is still "incalculable," Osorio Chong said.
Pena Nieto, who visited several affected communities in Guerrero, said that he will stay in Acapulco "to continue working with the authorities and volunteers that have joined to help" in reconstruction efforts. Due to the emergency the Mexican president also canceled his trip to New York, where he was scheduled to speak at the United Nations.
Thousands of tourists trapped in flood-stricken Acapulco packed into cars and buses on Friday after authorities reopened the road link to Mexico City following the storms. Traffic piled up as police allowed cars to leave in groups of 50 to avoid huge backups on the "Sun Highway." The highway department warned travelers that the trip north, which usually takes around four hours, would last nine to 10 hours, with only a single lane open in some stretches and a diversion to another road.