Many individuals remain unaccounted for following the impact of Hurricane Otis in Mexico.

Many individuals remain unaccounted for following the impact of Hurricane Otis in Mexico.
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It has been six days since Hurricane Otis struck the Mexican resort of Acapulco, and dozens of people are still unaccounted for.

The governor of Guerrero state, home to Acapulco, has reported the recovery of 45 bodies, while at least 47 individuals remain missing. Acapulco bore the brunt of the hurricane’s devastation, as it made landfall as a category 5 storm before losing strength.

The delayed arrival of aid has caused frustration among residents, leading to instances of looting. One woman, speaking to Reuters news agency on Monday, described their dire situation, highlighting the lack of water and extensive damage to homes, pleading with the government to provide assistance.

The government has deployed soldiers and police to the city and its surrounding areas, and President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has pledged to “restore Acapulco.” However, a retailers’ group has urged authorities to bolster security measures, citing reports of looting by some of its members. The group emphasized that “nothing justifies these acts” and stressed the importance of ensuring that essential supplies such as food, medicine, and hygiene products reach their intended destinations and are not seized by criminal groups.

The Governor of Guerrero, Evelyn Salgado, reported that significant progress has been made in clearing the roads blocked by debris and fallen trees, which has facilitated the delivery of food to affected areas.

 

Additionally, the federal electricity commission has successfully restored power to approximately two-thirds of the city.

The rapid intensification of Hurricane Otis, transforming from a tropical storm into a Category 5 hurricane, took both forecasters and residents by surprise. This sudden escalation caught many unprepared for the storm’s severe impact.

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